FEDCON Summit Bridges Government-Business Information Divide

FEDCON SUMMIT BRIDGES GOVERNMENT-BUSINESS INFORMATION DIVIDE
Military and Government Agencies Connect with Constructors, Designers, Suppliers and Service Contractors at the FEDCON Summit in Wilmington

WILMINGTON (OCT 9, 2014) – The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) and Senator Richard Burr are pleased to announce the 2014 North Carolina Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental (FEDCON) Summit at the Wilmington Convention Center on October 15-16, 2014, in Wilmington, NC.

Senator Richard Burr, Cape Fear Community College’s President, Dr. Ted Spring, and the North Carolina Military Business Center’s Executive Director, Scott Dorney, will kick-off the 2014 FEDCON Summit at 8:00 am on October 16th.

The “FEDCON Summit” will bring together over 550 representatives of construction-related federal agencies and installations, general and specialty contractors, designers and construction suppliers in North Carolina.  This year’s FEDCON Summit will host 100 exhibitors ranging from general and specialty contractors to designs firms and construction supply and service contractors to current federal prime contractors seeking North Carolina partners and suppliers.

“The FEDCON Summit is the premier, best-established and most-recognized federal construction event in North Carolina.  Summit networking and trade show activities allow businesses to market their services and products to over 550 general contractors, specialty contractors, engineers, architects and suppliers,” said Scott Dorney, Executive Director of the NCMBC.  Businesses who are already engaged or want to perform in the federal market need to be there.”

Special Guests Include:

  • United States Senator Richard Burr, North Carolina
  • Dr. Larry McCallister, Director of Regional Business, US Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division
  • Colonel Donald Walker, US Army, Deputy Commander, US Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division
  • Captain Jorge P. Rios, US Navy, Commanding Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic

“Program and Issues Dialogues” address future projects and acquisition strategies (by military and government panelists), contractor experiences, teaming and supplier opportunities (by industry panelists) and other issues related to acquisition and execution of projects at military bases and government facilities in NC and SC.  Environmental and infrastructure sessions provide information on federal opportunities in environmental engineering and remediation, energy and horizontal infrastructure (including roads and intersections, water, wastewater, natural gas and other utilities).

Other Summit sessions address critical and timely topics, including supplier, service contract and public-private opportunities, small business programs and utilization, budget impacts, contracting processes and pre- and post-award legal issues for federal contractors.  Summit “meet and greet” sessions allow businesses to meet one-on-one and market themselves to federal agencies that buy construction, public works and engineering services and products in NC and SC.

Confirmed Government Participation Includes:

  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fort Bragg Directorate of Public Works
  • General Services Administration (Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Region 4 and Public Buildings Service)
  • Marine Corps Camp Lejeune/Marine Corps Installations East
  • Mission & Installation Contracting Command Center – Fort Bragg
  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • National Park Service
  • North Carolina National Guard
  • North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • North Carolina SBTDC/PTAC
  • Office of Senator Richard Burr
  • Office of Senator Kay Hagan
  • Office of Governor Pat McCrory
  • ROICC, Camp Lejeune
  • Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
  • Shaw Air Force Base
  • US Small Business Administration
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (South Atlantic Division and Charleston, Savannah, Wilmington Districts)
  • US Army Special Operations Command
  • US Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City
  • US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina
  • US Coast Guard SILC
  • USDA Forest Service

Pre-FEDCON Summit Activities.

  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Golf Outing.  SAME Cape Fear Post will host their 4th Annual Golf Outing benefitting the Cape Fear Post Education and Mentoring Fund at the Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest golf course.
  • Site Visit: Lock and Dam 1 with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District.  The US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District welcomes attendees of the 2014 North Carolina Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental (FEDCON) Summit to Rock Arch Rapids at Lock and Dam 1 for an optional pre-FEDCON Summit site visit.  The site visit will be conducted by members of the Wilmington District and include an orientation to the Lock and Dam, briefing on the design, construction and operation of the fish passage system and demonstration of the locks operation (possible).  The Site Visit will provide FEDCON Summit participants insight into a unique environmental and historic infrastructure project on one of North Carolina’s most important waterways.  Attendees must be registered to attend the Summit on October 16th.
  • FEDCON Summit Riverside Welcome Social.  A Riverside Welcome Social for the FEDCON Summit sponsored by BB&T Construction Risk Services will be held on October 15th at the Wilmington Convention Center on the Event Lawn from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Attendees must be registered to attend the Summit on October 16th.

For more information on the 2014 FEDCON Summit, please visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2014FEDCON.php.

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The NCMBC is a component of the NC Community College System, headquartered at
Fayetteville Technical Community College (2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC, 28303).

FEDCON Summit: Announcing-Senior Leaders Panel

Senator Richard Burr and the North Carolina Military Business Center are pleased to host the 2014 North Carolina Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental (FEDCON) Summit in Wilmington, North Carolina at the Wilmington Convention Center on October 15-16, 2014

FEDCON-2014FOR MORE INFORMATION.  http://www.ncmbc.us/2014FEDCON.php 

LUNCH SENIOR LEADER PANEL.

Senior leaders from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) will discuss enterprise-wide initiatives, programs, challenges and opportunities for businesses in the federal construction, engineering, environmental and infrastructure marketplace.  Questions and remarks from the audience are welcome.
Remarks will be provided by:
  • Colonel Donald Walker, Deputy Commander, US Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division
  • Captain Jorge P. “Pat” Rios, Commanding Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic
WHEN.  October 15-16, 2014

WHERE. Wilmington Convention Center
515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

PURPOSE.
The “FEDCON Summit” brings together over 600 representatives of the Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Fort Bragg, Marine Corps Installations East/Camp Lejeune, MCAS Cherry Point, Seymour Johnson AFB, US Coast Guard, Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration, other federal agencies and installations, general and specialty contractors, designers and construction suppliers in North Carolina

ATTENDANCE. Attendance is encouraged for:
* General and specialty contractors in North Carolina
* Design firms in North Carolina
* Construction supply and service contracting firms in North Carolina
* Current federal primes seeking North Carolina partners and suppliers

GOVERNMENT/MILITARY FEDCON SUMMIT PARTICIPATION UPDATE.  To review the updated FEDCON Summit government participation list, please visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2014FEDCON.php.

USACE Wilmington District Lock and Dam 1 Site Visit.
The US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District welcomes attendees of the 2014 North Carolina Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental (FEDCON) Summit to Rock Arch Rapids at Lock and Dam 1 for an optional pre-FEDCON Summit site visit.  The site visit will be conducted by members of the Wilmington District and include an orientation to the Lock and Dam, briefing on the design, construction and operation of the fish passage system and demonstration of the locks operation (possible).  The Site Visit will provide FEDCON Summit participants insight into a unique environmental and historic infrastructure project on one of North Carolina’s most important waterways.  For more information or to RSVP, click here.

SAME Golf Tournament.
The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Cape Fear Post, in conjunction with the FEDCON Summit, will host the SAME Cape Fear Post’s 4th Annual Golf Tournament on October 15 at Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest.  For more information, click here.

For more information or to register visit:  http://www.ncmbc.us/2014FEDCON.php

Advanced Proposal Preparation and Development Workshops

NC Military Business Center to Host Six Advanced Proposal Preparation and Development Workshops Statewide

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) will host six Advanced Proposal Preparation and Development Workshops throughout North Carolina during 2014.

·       February 24/25 – Charlotte, NC – Limited seats remain
·       February 27/28 – Cary, NC – CLOSED REGISTRATION
·       July 14/15 – Greensboro, NC
·       July 17/18 – Fayetteville, NC
·       December 8/9 – Charlotte, NC
·       December 11/12 – Wilmington, NC

Part of the NCMBC’s advanced training curriculum, each workshop will consist of two days of lecture, discussion, extensive hands-on class exercises and homework.  These workshops will bring proposal development to life in a threat-free classroom environment.  Participants will become members of a capture and proposal development team competing for a federal government contract.

“Successful proposal preparation and development is vital to North Carolina companies in order to compete for and win federal contracts,” said Scott Dorney, NCMBC Executive Director.  “The NCMBC is pleased to bring this vital, hands-on training to current and prospective federal contractors.”

Participants in these workshops will build on prior experience to: engage customers, gather intelligence, conduct competitive analysis and develop a win strategy; make informed bid/no-bid decisions; develop a technical proposal response to a sample solicitation; develop a pricing estimate for a sample solicitation; present an oral presentation of their proposal; participate in a mock source selection – which ultimately will result in award of a “contract” to the winning team.

For more information on these trainings or to register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14AdvancedProposalWriting.php.

Defense Contractor Academy (Fayetteville)

The North Carolina Military Business Center is pleased to announce that registration for the winter

Defense Contractor Academy is now open.

WHEN.
December 2-4, 2014 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

WHERE.
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Neill Currie Building, i3D Room
2201 Hull Road
Fayetteville, NC 28202

PURPOSE.
The Defense Contractor Academy will offer intermediate instruction and a certificate of completion to existing, small business defense contractors to provide the tools needed to grow the defense contracting portion of their business portfolio.

A series of classes will be offered beginning on December 2, 2014 and ending December 4, 2014.  Each Academy day will include presentation of material and either a panel or guest business(es) to discuss their experiences regarding the topic of the session.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION.   
To review the full curriculum and for more information, click here.

Recent Federal Contracts Awarded to NC Firm

Mills Manufacturing Corporation,* Asheville, North Carolina (Buncombe County) (W56HZV-14-D-0115), and Pioneer Aerospace Corporation, South Windsor, Connecticut (W56HZV-14-D-0116), were awarded a $25,350,000 firm-fixed-price, multiyear contract for a maximum quantity of 6,250 MC-6 personnel parachute systems and 3,125 MC-6 canopies Under the contract, the companies will compete for the maximum quantity of both the systems and canopies. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 15, 2021. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with three received. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan is the contracting activity.

Recent Federal Contracts to NC Firms

Laboratory Corp. of America, Burlington, North Carolina (Guilford County), was awarded a $52,365,750 modification (P00012) to firm-fixed-price contract W81K04-12-D-0017 for laboratory testing services for all military members and dependents. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is Sept. 30, 2015. Army Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is the contracting activity

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Advanced Reconnaissance Corp.,* Fishkill, New York (W911QX-14-D-0007); Applied Research Associates, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico (W911QX-14-D-0008); A-T Solutions, Inc.,* Fredericksburg, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0009); CyPhy Works, Inc., Danvers, Massachusetts (W911QX-14-D-0010); EFW Inc., Ft. Worth, Texas (W911QX-14-D-0011); L-3 Communications Corp., Camden, New Jersey (W911QX-14-D-0012); NIITEK, Inc., Dulles, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0013); Primal Innovation,* LLC, Sanford, Florida (W911QX-14-D-0014); QinetiQ, Inc., Centreville, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0015); Robo-Team NA, Inc.,* Bethesda, Maryland (W911QX-14-D-0016); Advanced Technology Systems Co., Inc. (of Virginia), McLean, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0017); Applied Research Associates, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico (W911QX-14-D-0018); iRobot Corp.,* Bedford, Massachusetts (W911QX-14-D-0019); K2 Solutions, Inc.,* Southern Pines, North Carolina (Moore County) (W911QX-14-D-0020); Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies, L.C., Orem, Utah (W911QX-14-D-0021); QinetiQ, Inc., Centreville, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0023); Robo-Team NA, Inc.,* Bethesda, Maryland (W911QX-14-D-0024); Stolar Research Corp.,* Rio Rancho, New Mexico (W911QX-14-D-0026); Science and Engineering Services, LLC, Columbia, Maryland (W911QX-14-D-0025); and Pearson Engineering Ltd., Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain (W911QX-14-D-0022), were collectively awarded a ceiling $49,497,158 indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity, multi-year contract for the Army Research Lab/Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization Culvert Denial Challenge program. The contract covers the initial task order challenge event, through possible future testing, development, and deployment. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 15, 2019. This award includes a minimum of guarantee of $3,400 that will be obligated on the first task order. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with 27 received. Army Contracting Command, Adelphi, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Recent Federal Contracts to NC Firms

Absolute Business Corp.,* Herndon, Virginia (W911W4-14-D-0012); Archimedes Global, *Wesley Chapel, Florida (W911W4-14-D-0013); Calhoun International, LLC,* Tampa, Florida (W911W4-14-D-0014); Circinus, LLC,* Fredericksburg, Virginia (W911W4-14-D-0015); Charles F. Day & Associates,* Stafford, Virginia (W911W4-14-D-0016); E&M Technologies, Inc.,* Laurel, Maryland (W911W4-14-D-0017); Integral Consulting Services,* Gaithersburg, Maryland (W911W4-14-D-0018); K-3 Enterprises, Inc.,* Fayetteville, North Carolina (Cumberland County) (W911W4-14-D-0019); Pluribus International Corp.,* Alexandria, Virginia (W911W4-14-D-0020); and The Buffalo Group,* Reston, Virginia (W911W4-14-D-0021), were collectively awarded a $2,160,000,000 hybrid, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for global intelligence support services acquisition. This acquisition is designed to acquire flexible, comprehensive, cost effective services to support the Army’s need for fully integrated intelligence, security, information operations and related support. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 11, 2019. Each contractor will compete for task orders, and receive a minimum guarantee of $5,000. Bids were solicited as a partial small business set-aside acquisition, with 20 received. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

N3 Government Solutions, LLC, * Fayetteville, North Carolina (Cumberland County), was awarded a $25,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for support services and equipment. Work includes architectural design; design, development, integration and systems engineering; enterprise analysis and assessments; software, engineering, development and programming; and network administration. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with six received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with a completion date of Sept. 14, 2019. Army Contracting Command, Key West, Florida, is the contracting activity (W912PX-14-D-0001).

FEDCON Summit: Lock and Dam 1 Site Visit Announcement

US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, WILMINGTON DISTRICT LOCK AND DAM 1 SITE VISIT ANNOUNCEMENT

Senator Richard Burr and the North Carolina Military Business Center are pleased to host the 2014 North Carolina Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental (FEDCON) Summit in Wilmington, North Carolina at the Wilmington Convention Center on October 15-16, 2014.

PRE-SUMMIT LOCK AND DAM 1 SITE VISIT

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District welcomes attendees of the 2014 North Carolina Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental (FEDCON) Summit to Rock Arch Rapids at Lock and Dam 1 for an optional pre-FEDCON Summit site visit.

The site visit will be conducted by members of the Wilmington District and include an orientation to the Lock and Dam, briefing on the design, construction and operation of the fish passage system and demonstration of the locks operation (possible).

The Site Visit will provide FEDCON Summit participants insight into a unique environmental and historic infrastructure project on one of North Carolina’s most important waterways.  For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Recent Federal Contract Awarded to NC Firm

BlueForge LLC,* Saint Petersburg, Florida (N69450-14-D-1271); C&C Contractors LLC,* Notasulga, Alabama (N69450-14-D-1272); Colossal Construction Co. LLC,* Atlanta, Georgia (N69450-14-D-1273); Gulf Building Corp. and Hernandez Consultants, Joint Venture,* Fort Lauderdale, Florida (N69450-14-D-1274); HICAPS Inc.,* Greensboro, North Carolina (Guilford County) (N69450-14-D-1275); KMK-DJI, Joint Venture,* Eliot, Maine (N69450-14-D-1276); and Leebcor Services LLC,* Williamsburg, Virginia (N69450-14-D-1277), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award design-build construction contract for construction projects located primarily within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast area of responsibility (AOR).

The maximum dollar value including the base period and five option years for all seven contracts combined is $95,000,000. The work to be performed provides for primarily general building type projects, but is not limited to new construction, renovation, alteration, demolition and repair work in support of Department of Defense activities in the NAVFAC Southeast AOR. BlueForge LLC is being awarded task order 0001 at $13,161,000 for the design and construction of a new weapons storage and inspection facility at Marine Corp Logistics Base Albany, Georgia. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by January 2016. All work on this contract will be performed primarily in the NAVFAC Southeast AOR, including but not limited to North Florida and South Georgia.

The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months with an expected completion date of September 2019. Fiscal 2014 military construction (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $13,167,000 are being obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 17 proposals received. These seven contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract.

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Florida, is the contracting activity.

Upcoming Fayetteville Business Development Trainings

The North Carolina Military Business Center in conjunction with the Center for Business and Industry of Fayetteville Technical Community College, and the Fayetteville Regional Chamber of Commerce will present the following classes:

Proposal Pricing
This training is an introduction to pricing federal proposals Federal Proposal Writing:  Upon completion of this training, attendees will be able to develop the pricing volume of a response to a federal solicitation.  Topics covered include: direct costs vs. indirect costs, finding pricing requirements, describing RFP team actions, developing a timeline for developing the pricing volume, finding compliance and responsiveness information, identifying RFP tasks and deliverables and developing final pricing.  Attendees will develop pricing for a federal opportunity during this training.  A laptop or tablet with wireless internet connection is needed for this training.

September 17, 2014
3:00 -6:00 PM
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Center for Business & Industry, Rm. 129
2723 Fort Bragg Rd.
Fayetteville, NC

Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF)
Upon completion of this training, attendees will be able to describe and utilize the federal government’s Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF) system.  Topics will include: accessing the WAWF, developing an invoice on WAWF, submitting the invoice, and receiving payment.

September 24, 2014
3:00-5:00 PM
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Center for Business & Industry, Rm. 129
2723 Fort Bragg Rd.
Fayetteville, NC

REGISTRATION is through the Chamber of Commerce.  DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL FOR REGISTRATION.  Register at:  http://business.fayettevillencchamber.org/events

CONTACT:
Ms. Toni Cunnigan-Dixon
Director, Military Affairs Council
Manager, Special Programs
Fayetteville Regional Chamber
1019 Hay Street
Fayetteville, NC  28305
(910) 484-4242 ext. 232
www.fayettevillencchamber.org

Announcing Defense Contractor Academy (Fayetteville)

DEFENSE CONTRACTOR ACADEMY (FAYETTEVILLE) The North Carolina Military Business Center is pleased to announce that registration for the winter Defense Contractor Academy is now open.

WHEN.December 2-4, 2014 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

WHERE. Fayetteville Technical Community College Neill Currie Building, i3D Room 2201 Hull Road Fayetteville, NC 28202

PURPOSE. The Defense Contractor Academy will offer intermediate instruction and a certificate of completion to existing, small business defense contractors to provide the tools needed to grow the defense contracting portion of their business portfolio. A series of classes will be offered beginning on December 2, 2014 and ending December 4, 2014. Each Academy day will include presentation of material and either a panel or guest business(es) to discuss their experiences regarding the topic of the session.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION. To review the full curriculum and for more information, click here.

Recent NC Award

Sysco Raleigh, Selma, North Carolina (Johnston County), has been awarded a maximum $281,250,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for prime vendor food and beverage support. This contract was a competitive acquisition, and five offers were received. This is a two-year base contract, with one one-year option and one two-year option periods.

Location of performance is North Carolina, with a July 16, 2016, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2015 defense working capital funds.

The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE300-14-D-3030).

Federal Budgeting and the Military: What You Need To Know

Federal Budgeting and the Military: What You Need To Know
Date: August 8, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Boulevard
Fees/Admission: This event is FREE. Pre-registration is recommended.

More than 50 cents on each dollar earned in Cumberland County comes from service-members’ and defense civilians’ wages. These soldiers, airmen, and defense civilians are core customers at all of our businesses, and many of the Fayetteville region’s companies do business with Fort Bragg as well.

Understanding how your customer spends their money is a critical insight for any business. The more you know about your customer’s financial opportunities and constraints, the more certainty you can have in your own business planning.

Your Chamber is convening this event to offer you exactly this insight. Get ready for a local conversation about how the military budget affects our region’s commerce, from hospitality and general contracting to technology start-ups and military manufacturers, and everything in between.

Congressman David Price is our keynote speaker. Mr. Price represents downtown Fayetteville, and he is North Carolina’s only member of the congressional committee that appropriates money for defense and other functions. After his keynote remarks, Mr. Price will join a panel conversation with two additional defense budget influencers:

Lance DeSpain, Executive Director of the NC Military Foundation. In this capacity, DeSpain helps to create partnerships between government, industry, military, and academia that highlight North Carolina’s areas of competitive advantage and meet the emerging needs of our nation’s military. DeSpain began his career as a Marine Corps officer, earned an MBA from Yale, and took the helm at the Foundation in 2010 after working in the private sector for Booz & Co as well as The Hartford Financial.

Dr. Ben Freedman, National Security Policy Adviser at Third Way, one of the country’s leading think tanks. Third Way strives to represent Americans who believe in pragmatic solutions and principled compromise, and its mission is to advance moderate policy and political ideas. Freeman earned his Ph.D from Texas A&M, where he also instructed in the Bush School of Government, and his commentary on military budget issues has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN. In 2011, Freeman testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding military headquarters’ efficiency.

If you are uncertain about changes that are reshaping half of the Fayetteville region’s economy, this is the event for you. Your Chamber looks forward to seeing you on August 8!
REGISTRATION. Register at: http://business.fayettevillencchamber.org/events/details/federal-budgeting-and-the-miliary-what-you-need-to-know-4869

Why I Brought my Military Uniform with me to Business School Series (3 of 3)

An Army combat veteran from West Point shares a perspective on why some lessons from the military still apply, even in settings where you might assume otherwise.

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My name is Ben Faw. I am a West Point graduate, Class of 2007, a former Infantry Platoon leader, and a graduate of Airborne and Ranger School. Here is my take on what a veteran can learn at business school:

5) Leadership is incredibly transferable

While the functional training received in the military is not always transferable to the private sector, the leadership skills are. When I started my military service, I learned how to follow. As a freshman at West Point, I witnessed my first Platoon Sergeant earn incredible respect by participating alongside the unit in every event, even when he had no obligation to do so. In that same training cycle, another unit leader constantly did the minimum required and lost credibility. When I was eventually given responsibility for subordinates, I made sure I set the example through participation and devotion to duty. In one of my first civilian jobs at Tesla Motors, learning by following again helped me build the skills to lead that I would eventually use when I earned more responsibility within the company. Whether you are leading a military unit into harm’s way or guiding a team though the due diligence process for an investment, many of the same skills apply: communicating and listening to others, leading by example, and treating all parties with respect. These skills were essential in the military, and they are still incredibly important in the private sector.

A special thanks to Matthew Faw, Momchil Filev, Julia Yoo,and Walter Haas: You have each been wonderful editors in this writing process and more importantly dear friends, thanks for everything.

This post is provided by Ben Faw.  Ben is a North Carolina native, a graduate of Harvard Business School and a former Army officer.  Ben served for four and a half years – in Iraq, Hawaii, and San Francisco in the 25th Infantry Division and Army Corps of Engineers. Additionally, Ben is a graduate of the US Army’s Ranger and Airborne schools, as well as the US Military Academy at West Point. On Twitter @btfaw or http://btfaw.tumblr.com/

Fayetteville Technical Community College Fort Bragg Center will host OPEN HOUSE

Fayetteville Technical Community College Fort Bragg Center will host an OPEN HOUSE and New Student orientation on Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 1730-1930 in Wing F of the Bragg Training and Education Center(BTEC). Activities will be conducted in rooms 116/117 and the auditorium.

The open house is offered to all who are interested in learning about the programs we offer. Speak with a member of our staff or faculty about available programs and meet with one of our Military Services Specialists and receive assistance with admissions, testing, and registration.

For more information call 910-678-1050 or email fortbragg@faytechcc.edu.

We look forward to seeing you!

Flyer: FtBragg Open House_1

Northrop Grumman to Meet with Potential Subcontractors at NC Defense Trade Show (Aug 5)

Senator Richard Burr, Senator Kay Hagan, the North Carolina Military Business Center and Fayetteville Technical Community College are pleased to announce the 13th Annual North Carolina Defense and Economic Development Trade Show in Fayetteville, NC on August 5, 2014.  

Sponsored By:

GOLD SPONSORS 

BRONZE SPONSORS

   

When.  August 5, 2014 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Where.  Fayetteville Technical Community College
Horace Sisk Building
2201 Hull Road
Fayetteville, NC
Why Attend This Event: This event is FREE to attend.  At the trade show, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with senior representatives from the Congressional delegation, the Department of Defense, other federal agencies and numerous defense contracting firms, including North Carolina small businesses.

Features.  The event will include a traditional trade show, static displays and demonstrations of military equipment, informal networking opportunities, structured teaming sessions and government procurement workshops for both prospective and current federal contractors.

Trade Show.  More than 100 indoor and outdoor vendors will be at the Defense Trade Show representing the following industries:

  • Electronics & System Integration
  • Cyber Security & Intelligence
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Research & Development
  • Military Housing
  • Tactical Power Supply & Management
  • Individual Soldier Systems Product & Materiel
  • Custom Robotics Solutions
  • Installation Energy & Utilities Management
  • C4ISR
  • Information Technology Systems & Training
  • Military Concealment Systems
  • Law Enforcement & Private Security Technologies
  • Tactical Medical, Patient Simulation, Combat Training & Evacuation Care
  • Environmental Remediation & Protection
  • Weapons, Ammunition, Suppressors & Accessories
  • Logistics Systems, Maintenance Supply and Technical Support
  • Language Interpretation, Translation & Training
  • Canine Detection Training & Services
  • Surface Geophysical, Laboratory and Engineering Services
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Federal & Installation Small Business Offices
  • NC Support Agencies and Resources
  • …and many more

Structured Teaming Opportunities.

Selected major prime contractors will conduct open sessions with small businesses to present their business practices and requirements, with the opportunity to talk to attendees individually after the presentation to learn of their capabilities.

NORTHROP GRUMMAN

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Northrop Grumman is looking to meet with North Carolina companies as potential teaming partners or subcontractors with any or all of the following capabilities:

  • Aircraft electronic/avionics components
  • C4ISR
  • Cable & Wire, Electrical
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Software
  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services
  • Contract Labor
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
  • Data Used in Customs Filing
  • Document Destruction
  • Electronic Components
  • Environmental Remediation, Services
  • Gas-Bulk Industrials
  • Global training solutions and support
  • Health IT
  • High-End Engineering Services
  • IT Networking/Outsourcing
  • IT Networking & Products
  • IT Related Products / Services
  • Kitting
  • Land force vehicle sustainment
  • Legal, Court Reporting Services
  • Medical Supplies
  • Metallic Parts
  • Missile and nuclear security and modernization
  • Modernization of manned and unmanned aircraft
  • Power Supplies
  • Procurement and Kitting
  • Software Products/Services
  • Software License Management Services
  • Support Equipment
  • Technical Manuals
  • Telecommunications
  • Test & Measurement Equipment
  • Tools-Hand tools, cutting tools, & abrasives

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER FOR FREE: visit, http://www.ncmbc.us/2014DTS.php

Charlotte: SBA to Host Contracting Program for Women-Owned Businesses

The Charlotte ChallengeHER event will educate women entrepreneurs about the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program and provide them with resources and knowledge to help grow their businesses through federal contracting. The event is designed to bring more women-owned firms into the federal government’s supply chain and to provide an avenue for government agencies to meet qualified women-owned contractors.

This FREE event will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank, 530 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is required. Please register for this event here:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/challengeher-charlotte-nc-tickets-11510545351

The WOSB contracting program allows federal agencies to offer WOSB set aside contracts to women business owners represented in 83 NAICS codes, who are 51% owned, controlled and primarily managed by one or more women who are U.S. citizens and managed day-to-day operations and long term decisions.

ChallengeHER is a joint initiative from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) American Express OPEN, the small business division of the financial services company, and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).

Contact Eileen Joyce, SBA, at 704-344-6787 for more information.

Raleigh: SBA to Host Contracting Program for Women-Owned Businesses

The Raleigh ChallengeHER event will educate women entrepreneurs about the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program and provide them with resources and knowledge to help grow their businesses through federal contracting. The event is designed to bring more women-owned firms into the federal government’s supply chain and to provide an avenue for government agencies to meet qualified women-owned contractors.

This FREE event will be held at the McKimmon Center, North Carolina State University

1101 Gorman Street, from 7 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration is required. Please register for this event here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/challengeher-raleigh-nc-tickets-11510623585

The WOSB contracting program allows federal agencies to offer WOSB set aside contracts to women business owners represented in 83 NAICS codes, who are 51% owned, controlled and primarily managed by one or more women who are U.S. citizens and managed day-to-day operations and long term decisions.

ChallengeHER is a joint initiative from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) American Express OPEN, the small business division of the financial services company, and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).

Contact Eileen Joyce, SBA, at 704-344-6787 for more information.

 

SAS Offers FREE Software to Veterans to Enhance Analytics Skills

Gartner predicts that by 2015, 4.4 million IT jobs globally will be created to support Big Data (1.9 million of those jobs in the US).  Only a third of these jobs will be filled due to lack of applicants with Big Data analytics skills.  By making SAS University Edition available to anyone in a learning environment, SAS hopes to help close the analytics skills gap.  Veterans and active duty service men and women who want to enhance their statistical analysis skills are invited and encouraged to download SAS® University Edition.  It’s FREE and easy to access.  All you have to do is download the software to a PC, Mac or Linux workstation.  (A virtual machine manager is required.)  Also, make sure you join the SAS® Analytics U community to access instructional videos and other resources.

Click here to find out more.

This blog post was provided by SAS.

Shark Tank Casting Call

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Thursday, July 24

Greenville, NC

The Martinsborough, 330 South Evans Street, Greenville, NC

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Wristbands distributed

10:00 AM – Interviews begin

 

TO APPLY
Attend an Open Call where you will be given the opportunity to do a 1-minute pitch of your business/product/idea to a member of the Casting Team. Come prepared to wow and dazzle! Numbered wristbands will be distributed. Only the first 500 applicants are guaranteed to be seen, so arrive early and secure your numbered wristband. To apply, you must have a completed Application Packet. Download the Application HERE and bring it with you to the Open Call. It is imperative that you complete your Application in advance, as it included many detailed questions that may require advance preparation.

All Open Calls are open to the general public. Please do NOT call the venue. See complete rules on the application. Employees, Agents, and Affiliates of Disney/ABC, Sony, One Three Entertainment, US Cellular are not eligible to participate in this open call. Security may check your bag and you are responsible for your own parking.

Recent NC Federal Contract Award

Voith Hydro, Inc., York, Pennsylvania (W9127N-14-D-0003); National Electric Coil, Inc, Columbus, Ohio (W9127N-14-D-0004); Alstom Power Inc., Littleton, Colorado (W9127N-14-D-0005); and Andritz Hydro, Corp., Charlotte, North Carolina (W9127N-14-D-0006), were awarded a $99,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the rehabilitation and/or replacement of generating equipment at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hydroelectric facilities within the Northwestern Division: Portland District, Seattle District, Walla Walla District, Omaha District and Kansas City District. This may also be used to perform emergency nonroutine maintenance and assessment at Northwestern Division hydroelectric facilities. Bids were solicited via the Internet with five received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of July 13, 2019. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland, Oregon District is the contracting activity.

NCDBA Chairman’s Annual Luncheon – July 23 – Raleigh NC

NCDBA Chairman’s Annual Luncheon – July 23 – Raleigh NC

The North Carolina Defense Business Association (NCDBA) will host the Chairman’s Annual Luncheon on July 23rd in Raleigh NC. This event serves as the annual meeting for the Association. Presentations will be provided by the Chairman of each NCDBA Committee to provide information on the work the NCDBA is doing to build relationships, information and opportunities. Various presentations will be provided to include a special presentation by The University of North Carolina on The UNC Partnership for National Security: Support the service member, Contribute to the mission, and Grow North Carolina’s defense economy.

You are encouraged to attend the luncheon to learn more about the NCDBA and how it will benefit your company to be involved with the trade association for the defense industry in North Carolina.

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For more information or to register to attend visit www.ncdba.com
ABOUT THE Chairman’s Annual Luncheon

Chairman’s Annual Luncheon
July 23, 2014
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sheraton Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh NC

Speaker Confirmed
Remarks Provided By:
Mabry E. (Bud) Martin
BG (R), NCARNG
Chairman
NC Military Affairs Commission
ABOUT THE NCDBA

The NCDBA is the North Carolina professional trade association for businesses that operate in the defense industry either as Prime DoD Contractor, a sub on a DoD contract or a vendor that offers products or services to support DoD contractors. The NCDBA consists of defense contractors, community and business leaders from across the state as well as military leadership. It is an organization that focuses on improving the economic environment to enhance businesses opportunities within the state. The NCDBA provides information to enhance defense and homeland security contracting capability, a variety of events for business to business networking, and connections to resources that can help business expand. Membership in the NCDBA allows you to participate in luncheons, workshops, business to business networking breakfasts and networking socials throughout the year. You may also visit the web site at www.ncdba.com for more information.

 

Primes & First-Tier’s to Meet with Potential Subs at NC Aerospace Supplier & Adv. Manufacturing Summit (Aug 7)

Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), the North Carolina Aerospace Initiative (NCAI), the North Carolina Aerospace Alliance (NC AA) and the North Carolina Department of Commerce will co-host the 2014 North Carolina Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (ASAM) Summit in Winston-Salem, NC on August 6-7, 2014.

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WHEN.  August 6 (evening social) & August 7 (Summit)

WHERE.  Benton Convention Center, 301 West 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

PROGRAM. The North Carolina Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (ASAM) Summit is a statewide, business development and teaming event focused on current and future defense, commercial and general aviation business opportunities. An expansion of previous North Carolina Aerospace Supplier Conferences, the ASAM will showcase North Carolina companies engaged in advanced manufacturing and aerospace-related activities, and will connect North Carolina suppliers and service providers with national aerospace primes, first tier subs and both military and civilian aerospace customers.

PROGRAM KEYNOTE SPEAKERS.

  • Morning Welcome Remarks.  “Leveraging Domestic and International Aerospace Markets,” Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker, NC Department of Commerce
  • Morning Remarks.  “Opportunities for North Carolina Businesses in the Aerospace Marketplace” UTC Aerospace Systems (Representative TBA)
  • Lunch Keynote Remarks:  “Trends in the Commercial Aerospace Marketplace,” Barry Eccleston, President and Chief Executive Officer, Airbus Americas
  • Lunch Keynote Remarks: “Trends in the Military Aerospace Marketplace,” Dr. Don A. Kinard, Senior Technical Fellow for Lockheed Martin and Deputy for the F-35 Fighter Production System

GUEST PARTICIPANT
Defense Logistics Agency – Aviation, John Henley, Associate Director of Small Business Programs.  Mr. Henley implements and administers DLA Aviation’s socioeconomic programs for small business including Small Disadvantaged Business, Woman-owned Small Business, Veteran-owned Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-owned small business, and HUBZone Small Business.  DLA Aviation supports more than 1,300 major weapon systems and contracts with small business average one billion dollars annually.

PRIME TIME FOCUS.  
Several Prime and First-Tier subcontractors will provide remarks about their company, projects they are currently working, current and future subcontracting needs and subcontractor qualification processes.  Following their remarks, each company will be available to meet with participants for potential teaming and subcontracting opportunities.

Confirmed “Prime Time Focuses” will be provided by:  
TIMCO Aviation
Curtiss-Wright Controls
LORD Corporation
Triumph Aerospace

PROGRAM.  To view the agenda, please visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.

New for 2014, the ASAM agenda will include prime focus sessions with major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors, and a track of breakout sessions focusing on major opportunities for manufacturers and service providers in North Carolina.  To view the agenda, please visit the above link.

EXHIBITORS.  Limited booth space will be available.  Companies interested in showcasing their products and services to major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors should strongly consider registering for a booth as early as possible.

REGISTRATION.  Online registration is now available for attendees, exhibitors and government representatives.  To register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.

SPONSORSHIP.  Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this event.  Sponsorship will highlight your business to major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors.  Additionally, without our sponsors support we could not have this event.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.

Do you know your NCMBC? – Mickey Finn

Thomas “Mickey” Finn has served as the Strategic Programs Consultant of the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) since January 14, 2009.

The job of the Strategic Programs Manager is to assist small businesses in winning Federal Business opportunities and thereby growing their companies.  To reach that goal, he is responsible to plan, coordinate, execute and continuously evaluate all activities of the North Carolina Military Business Center’s Future Opportunities and Subcontracting Initiatives; identify, engage, preposition and assist North Carolina companies to win future (not yet released) prime contracting opportunities, develop and win sub-contracting opportunities, and to build defense contractor business capacity in North Carolina

With a thorough background as a Small Business owner and working for major Federal Prime Contractors in positions of Sales, Business Development and Capture Management coupled with current activities in North Carolina of seeking out small businesses, arranging partnerships with prime contractors, teaching business development skills and business practices necessary for success in the Federal Market, Mr. Finn is uniquely qualified to manage this Small Business Teaming Pilot Program

Born in Pensacola, Fl. to a USMC family, Mickey graduated from The Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA on June13, 1965 with a BA in History.  He served the USMCR from 1961 to 1972 when he was released as a Captain.

Prior to joining the NCMBC in 2009, Mickey was the Army Business Development Manager for Harris Information Technology Systems at its headquarters in Loudoun, VA.  In this capacity, he established the Army business opportunity pipeline for the company, briefed senior management on each program and located small business and other teaming partners as needed for each opportunity.

Prior to joining Harris, Mickey served as Business Development and Capture Manager for the USMC Programs office of General Dynamics Information Management near Quantico, VA.  In that position he set office policy and procedures for Business Development, trained Project Managers in growth of their project, managed all business development activities for the GDIT USMC business sector.  He served as Capture Manager for the bid effort for CNTPO, a $5B IDIQ opportunity and was responsible for all subcontracting teaming arrangements for the bid as well as for other opportunities.

For five years Mickey was a Senior Sales Manager for CACI Federal in Chantilly, VA.  In that position he was responsible for opening nine new accounts in the Army and Air Force for custom software application programming in support of personnel and financial functions in both services.  In meeting those objectives he often selected small business partners to team with CACI on the projects.

In the one year prior to joining CACI Federal Mickey was employed by Arcbridge Consulting, a minority woman owned small business.  He bid and won two GSA Schedule contracts for the company’s software and programming services offerings while making initial sales to the Air Force and local government sales.   Mickey successfully negotiated and managed teaming the company with prime contractors in support of the Bureau of the Census.

In 1981 after serving as the Director of Federal Sales for CPT Corporation, a small business manufacturer of Word Processors, Mickey founded his own business, Information Management Associates, Inc., an IT Systems Integrator to the Navy and FEMA as well as lawyers, accounting firms and regional banks supplying a complete line of hardware, software, systems design, installation, maintenance and training services featuring CPT, HP, Compaq and Microsoft products.  He closed the Leesburg, VA based company in December 2000.

CONTACT.  To contact Mickey, email finnm@ncmbc.us

Why I Brought my Military Uniform with me to Business School Series, Posting 1 of 3

An Army combat veteran from West Point shares a perspective on why some lessons from the military still apply, even in settings where you might assume otherwise.

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My name is Ben Faw. I am a West Point graduate, Class of 2007, a former Infantry Platoon leader, and a graduate of Airborne and Ranger School. Here is my take on what a veteran can learn at business school:

1) Fitness, health, and wellness create an edge

Those early morning physical training sessions five days a week in the military were not a waste.  Instead, they built a habit and character trait that now becomes an advantage. Maintaining this fitness routine post-military provides more than just a nice look at the beach; recent research indicates it may lead to higher wages as well: Even if your health never directly impacts wages, the self-discipline and work ethic can shine through to potential employers in a positive way. Practicing healthy living can also help reduce stress and build the resilience and stamina needed for the challenges of the future. With long winding career paths for many in today’s workforce, filled with ambiguity, every reasonable way to reduce stress is useful!

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

Henry David Thoreau

2) Be willing to serve based on the job, not the location

As you can see in the interactive image, veterans tend to take jobs all over the country after business school. This should not come as a huge surprise. In their military careers, veterans have been deployed in locations far off the beaten path, and continuing on this same trend of serving based on the job – and not on the location – is nothing new for them. While it can be neat to live in an energetic city, if you dislike the job of culture perhaps it is not the right choice for you. Instead finding something you love that is your great work, regardless of location, might be the best choice.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

― Steve Jobs

A special thanks to Matthew Faw, Momchil Filev, Julia Yoo,and Walter Haas: You have each been wonderful editors in this writing process and more importantly dear friends, thanks for everything. Image from bestreviews.com

 

This post is provided by Ben Faw.  Ben is a North Carolina native, a graduate of Harvard Business School and a former Army officer.  Ben served for four and a half years – in Iraq, Hawaii, and San Francisco in the 25th Infantry Division and Army Corps of Engineers. Additionally, Ben is a graduate of the US Army’s Ranger and Airborne schools, as well as the US Military Academy at West Point. On Twitter @btfaw or http://btfaw.tumblr.com/

Secretary Sharon Decker to Attend NC Aerospace Supplier & Adv. Manufacturing Summit (Aug 7)

Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), the North Carolina Aerospace Initiative (NCAI), the North Carolina Aerospace Alliance (NC AA) and the North Carolina Department of Commerce will co-host the 2014 North Carolina Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (ASAM) Summit in Winston-Salem, NC on August 6-7, 2014.

WHEN.  August 6 (evening social) & August 7 (Summit)

WHERE.  Benton Convention Center, 301 West 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

PROGRAM. The North Carolina Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (ASAM) Summit is a statewide, business development and teaming event focused on current and future defense, commercial and general aviation business opportunities. An expansion of previous North Carolina Aerospace Supplier Conferences, the ASAM will showcase North Carolina companies engaged in advanced manufacturing and aerospace-related activities, and will connect North Carolina suppliers and service providers with national aerospace primes, first tier subs and both military and civilian aerospace customers.

PROGRAM KEYNOTE SPEAKERS.
Morning Welcome Remarks.  “Leveraging Domestic and International Aerospace Markets,” Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker, NC Department of Commerce
Morning Remarks.  “Opportunities for North Carolina Businesses in the Aerospace Marketplace” UTC Aerospace Systems (Representative TBA)
Lunch Keynote Remarks:  “Trends in the Commercial Aerospace Marketplace,” Barry Eccleston, President and Chief Executive Officer, Airbus Americas
Lunch Keynote Remarks: “Trends in the Military Aerospace Marketplace,” Dr. Don A. Kinard, Senior Technical Fellow for Lockheed Martin and Deputy for the F-35 Fighter Production System

GUEST PARTICIPANT
Defense Logistics Agency – Aviation, John Henley, Associate Director of Small Business Programs.  Mr. Henley implements and administers DLA Aviation’s socioeconomic programs for small business including Small Disadvantaged Business, Woman-owned Small Business, Veteran-owned Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-owned small business, and HUBZone Small Business.  DLA Aviation supports more than 1,300 major weapon systems and contracts with small business average one billion dollars annually.

PROGRAM.  To view the agenda, please visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.

New for 2014, the ASAM agenda will include prime focus sessions with major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors, and a track of breakout sessions focusing on major opportunities for manufacturers and service providers in North Carolina.  To view the agenda, please visit the above link.

EXHIBITORS.  Limited booth space will be available.  Companies interested in showcasing their products and services to major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors should strongly consider registering for a booth as early as possible.

REGISTRATION.  Online registration is now available for attendees, exhibitors and government representatives.  To register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.

SPONSORSHIP.  Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this event.  Sponsorship will highlight your business to major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors.  Additionally, without our sponsors support we could not have this event.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.

Do you know your NCMBC? – Madison Sanderford

Madison (Toone) Sanderford joined the North Carolina Military Business Center in November 2013 and serves as the Military Business Coordinator for Camp LeJeune, Cherry Point, and New River.

Ms. Sanderford assists North Carolina firms in entering the federal marketplace as well as increasing their federal business through prime and subcontracting opportunities.  Her major responsibilities include identifying opportunities at MCB Camp LeJeune and sourcing those opportunities to North Carolina businesses across the state.  She also provides solicitation and post-award assistance to companies and works to engage local firms in subcontracting opportunities for upcoming projects on base.

Prior to joining NCMBC, Ms. Sanderford and her husband have enjoyed 10 years of service with the Marine Corps.  In August 2008, she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina (USC), with a double major in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing.  While attending USC, Ms. Sanderford held an internship with CDA Architects and provided consulting advice through the USC Business Incubator to increase profitability and market share in a tri-county area.  She is currently working towards her MBA, and plans to finish her degree at University of North Carolina – Wilmington.

Ms. Sanderford’s office is in the James S. Melton Vocational Skills Center at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville.  She currently resides in Sneads Ferry with her active duty husband and son.

CONTACT.  To contact Madison, email toonem@coastalcarolina.edu

Defense Logistics Agency Aviation to Attend NC Aerospace Supplier & Adv. Manufacturing Summit (Aug 7)

Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), the North Carolina Aerospace Initiative (NCAI), the North Carolina Aerospace Alliance (NC AA) and the North Carolina Department of Commerce will co-host the 2014 North Carolina Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (ASAM) Summit in Winston-Salem, NC on August 6-7, 2014.

WHEN.  August 6 (evening social) & August 7 (Summit)

WHERE.  Benton Convention Center, 301 West 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

PROGRAM. The North Carolina Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (ASAM) Summit is a statewide, business development and teaming event focused on current and future defense, commercial and general aviation business opportunities. An expansion of previous North Carolina Aerospace Supplier Conferences, the ASAM will showcase North Carolina companies engaged in advanced manufacturing and aerospace-related activities, and will connect North Carolina suppliers and service providers with national aerospace primes, first tier subs and both military and civilian aerospace customers.

PROGRAM KEYNOTE SPEAKERS.

  • Morning Remarks.  “Opportunities for North Carolina Businesses in the Aerospace Marketplace” UTC Aerospace Systems (Representative TBA)
  • Lunch Keynote Remarks:  “Trends in the Commercial Aerospace Marketplace,” Barry Eccleston, President and Chief Executive Officer, Airbus Americas
  • Lunch Keynote Remarks: “Trends in the Military Aerospace Marketplace,”
  • Dr. Don A. Kinard, Senior Technical Fellow for Lockheed Martin and Deputy for the F-35 Fighter Production System

 

GUEST PARTICIPANT
Defense Logistics Agency – Aviation, John Henley, Associate Director of Small Business Programs.  Mr. Henley implements and administers DLA Aviation’s socioeconomic programs for small business including Small Disadvantaged Business, Woman-owned Small Business, Veteran-owned Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-owned small business, and HUBZone Small Business.  DLA Aviation supports more than 1,300 major weapon systems and contracts with small business average one billion dollars annually.

PROGRAM.  To view the agenda, please visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.

New for 2014, the ASAM agenda will include prime focus sessions with major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors, and a track of breakout sessions focusing on major opportunities for manufacturers and service providers in North Carolina.  To view the agenda, please visit the above link.

EXHIBITORS.  Limited booth space will be available.  Companies interested in showcasing their products and services to major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors should strongly consider registering for a booth as early as possible.

REGISTRATION.  Online registration is now available for attendees, exhibitors and government representatives.  To register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.
 
SPONSORSHIP.  Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this event.  Sponsorship will highlight your business to major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors.  Additionally, without our sponsors support we could not have this event.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.

UTC Aerospace Systems to Attend NC Aerospace Supplier & Adv. Manufacturing Summit (Aug 7)

ANNOUNCING
2014 North Carolina Aerospace Supplier
& Advanced Manufacturing Summit

Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), the North Carolina Aerospace Alliance (NC AA) and the North Carolina Department of Commerce will co-host the 2014 North Carolina Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (ASAM) Summit in Winston-Salem, NC on August 6-7, 2014.

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WHEN.  August 6 (evening social) & August 7 (Summit)

WHERE.  Benton Convention Center, 301 West 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

PROGRAM. The North Carolina Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (ASAM) Summit is a statewide, business development and teaming event focused on current and future defense, commercial and general aviation business opportunities. An expansion of previous North Carolina Aerospace Supplier Conferences, the ASAM will showcase North Carolina companies engaged in advanced manufacturing and aerospace-related activities, and will connect North Carolina suppliers and service providers with national aerospace primes, first tier subs and both military and civilian aerospace customers.

PROGRAM KEYNOTE SPEAKERS.
Morning Remarks.  “Opportunities for North Carolina Businesses in the Aerospace Marketplace” UTC Aerospace Systems (Representative TBA)
Lunch Keynote Remarks:  “Trends in the Commercial Aerospace Marketplace,” Barry Eccleston, President and Chief Executive Officer, Airbus Americas
Lunch Keynote Remarks: “Trends in the Military Aerospace Marketplace,” Dr. Don A. Kinard, Senior Technical Fellow for Lockheed Martin and Deputy for the F-35 Fighter Production System
PROGRAM.  To view the agenda, please visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.

New for 2014, the ASAM agenda will include prime focus sessions with major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors, and a track of breakout sessions focusing on major opportunities for manufacturers and service providers in North Carolina.  To view the agenda, please visit the above link.

EXHIBITORS.  Limited booth space will be available.  Companies interested in showcasing their products and services to major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors should strongly consider registering for a booth as early as possible.

REGISTRATION.  Online registration is now available for attendees, exhibitors and government representatives.  To register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.

SPONSORSHIP.  Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this event.  Sponsorship will highlight your business to major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors.  Additionally, without our sponsors support we could not have this event.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.

Do you know your NCMBC? – Paulanne Page

Paulanne Page has been supporting the goals and objectives of the North Carolina Military Business Center as a Military Construction Specialist since 2009.  Her charter with the NCMBC is to provide resources, training and support of NC companies to succeed in procurement and proper execution of Federal Construction Contracts.

She has 20 years of Federal and Military Construction experience from past employment with Department of Navy, NAVFAC and the Department of Army, USACE, as well as holding senior construction management positions with federal construction and base operations and support contractors.

Her experience includes base and facility planning and operations, funding and acquisition processes, project design, engineering and construction, quality control implementation and safety management. Her background includes utilization of organizational leadership, operational risk management, process streamlining, best business practices and quality improvement gained through employment with governmental agencies and government contractors.

Paulanne’s approach brings unique insight to strategic planning of procurement by teaming and partnering with the ability to support government and businesses needs and objectives throughout the federal contracting process.

CONTACT.  To contact Paulanne, email pagep@ncmbc.us

Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Production System Senior Technical Fellow to Attend NC Aerospace Supplier & Adv. Manufacturing Summit (Aug 7)

ANNOUNCING 2014 North Carolina Aerospace Supplier  
& Advanced Manufacturing Summit

Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), the North Carolina Aerospace Alliance (NC AA) and the North Carolina Department of Commerce will co-host the 2014 North Carolina Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (ASAM) Summit in Winston-Salem, NC on August 6-7, 2014.

WHEN.  August 6 (evening social) & August 7 (Summit)

WHERE.  Benton Convention Center, 301 West 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

PROGRAM. The North Carolina Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (ASAM) Summit is a statewide, business development and teaming event focused on current and future defense, commercial and general aviation business opportunities. An expansion of previous North Carolina Aerospace Supplier Conferences, the ASAM will showcase North Carolina companies engaged in advanced manufacturing and aerospace-related activities, and will connect North Carolina suppliers and service providers with national aerospace primes, first tier subs and both military and civilian aerospace customers.

PROGRAM KEYNOTE SPEAKERS.

  • Morning Remarks.  “Opportunities for North Carolina Businesses in the Aerospace Marketplace” UTC Aerospace Systems (Representative TBA)
  • Lunch Keynote Remarks:  “Trends in the Commercial Aerospace Marketplace,” Barry Eccleston, President and Chief Executive Officer, Airbus Americas
  • Lunch Keynote Remarks: “Trends in the Military Aerospace Marketplace,” Dr. Don A. Kinard, Senior Technical Fellow for Lockheed Martin and Deputy for the F-35 Fighter Production System

PROGRAM.  To view the agenda, please visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.

New for 2014, the ASAM agenda will include prime focus sessions with major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors, and a track of breakout sessions focusing on major opportunities for manufacturers and service providers in North Carolina.  To view the agenda, please visit the above link.

EXHIBITORS.  Limited booth space will be available.  Companies interested in showcasing their products and services to major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors should strongly consider registering for a booth as early as possible.

REGISTRATION.  Online registration is now available for attendees, exhibitors and government representatives.  To register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.

SPONSORSHIP.  Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this event.  Sponsorship will highlight your business to major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors.  Additionally, without our sponsors support we could not have this event.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCASAMS.php.

Recent NC Federal Contract

D. Wynne Corporation of Fayetteville, NC (Cumberland County) was awarded a $688,397.00 contract from the Department of the Army.  Project Number MB-00015-1P – Construct Mezzanine, Bldg H5786 at Ft. Bragg, NC. Requires Construction of a mezzanine inside an existing warehouse to provide two floors of office space for approximately 30 personnel, to include a large class room, a VTC conference room, male and female shower and latrine rooms, break rooms, storage areas and a server room on each floor. Requires upgrade of existing electrical service, and construction and/or installation of HVAC systems, interior lighting and power systems, fire alarm and PA system, and telecommunications.  Contract award number: W912PM-14-C-0006.

Do you know your NCMBC? – Fran Perez-Wilhite

Fran Perez-Wilhite, a resident of Charlotte since 1991, is a Business Development Specialist with the NC Military Business Center.  Previously, Fran held numerous management positions at Philip Morris USA where she had been employed for thirteen years.  Prior to this, she was a Lieutenant in the US Army.

Ms. Perez-Wilhite graduated from Wake Forest University, where she earned a Master of Business Administration in 1997.  She also attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Norwich University in 1988.  She is a fellow and a former member of the Board of Directors for the NC Institute of Political Leadership.

Fran has served on multiple city, county and state boards and committees.  She is very proud of her position as Chairwoman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Community Relations Subcommittee.

Currently, Fran is also proudly serving a recent state board appointment to the North Carolina Advisory Commission on Military Affairs.

During her NCMBC tenure, Fran has been honored with the following awards:

  • ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient – October 2012
  • BPC Business Award – September 2012
  • Business Leader Woman Extraordinaire Award – December 2011.

Fran is married to Chuck Wilhite.

CONTACT.  To contact Fran, please email perezf@ncmbc.us

SBA Increases Small Business Size Standards for Construction

SBA Increases Small Business Size Standards for Construction

By: Paulanne Page, NCMBC

In an interim rule published June 12, 2014, effective July 14, 2014, the Small Business Administration has updated its revenue-based size standards for small businesses.  Citing the need to adjust the size standards due to inflation at least once every five years, SBA made the first adjustment to the size standards for inflation since 2008.  The size standards pertaining to the construction industry have all been increased. A few such examples:

NAICS Code NAICS U.S. Industry Title Old Standard New Standard
236210 Industrial Building Construction $33.5 million $36.5 million
236220 Commercial and Institutional Building Construction $33.5 million $36.5 million
237110 Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction $33.5 million $36.5 million
237120 Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction $33.5 million $36.5 million
237130 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction $33.5 million $36.5 million
237210 Land Subdivision $25.5 million $27.5 million
237310 Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction $33.5 million $36.5 million
237990 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction $33.5 million $36.5 million
237990 Dredging and Surface Cleanup Activities $25.5 million $27.5 million
Subsector 238 Specialty Trade Contractors $14 million $15 million

The new size standards will govern what contractors can certify as small businesses when they bid on or submit a proposal for projects on or after July 14, 2014, or seek certification, after that date, through the SBA or Department of Veterans Affairs for one of the specific small business programs, such as the HUBZone, Women Owned or the Service Disabled Veteran Owned small business programs.   Contractors at or near the size standard should take this opportunity to conduct a review of their last three fiscal years’ tax returns to determine their average annual receipts.

For all SBA Small Business Industry Size Standard information, changes, and clarification, please see SBA article and resource links at:

http://www.sba.gov/content/whats-new-with-size-standards

Recent Federal Contracts Awarded to NC Firms

ALTRA INDUSTRIAL MOTION, INC. of Charlotte, NC (Mecklenburg County) was awarded $64,012.65 for Torque Converters and Speed Changers from the Department of the Army, DLA Aberdeen.  Contract number SPRBL112D00140002.

P & G MANUFACTURING OF WASHINGTON, INC. of Washington, NC  (Beaufort County) was awarded $5,000,000 from the Department of the Army, ACC-APG-Tenant Contracting Div, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.  Contract number W91ZLK-14-D-0002.

MSI Defense Solutions, LLC of Mooresville, NC (Iredell County) was awarded $2,000,000 for Professional Engineering Services from the General Administration Service.  Contract GS10F180BA.

Machine Specialties, Inc. of Whitsett, NC (Guilford County) was awarded $34,875.00 for Aircraft Components and Accessories from the Department of the Air Force, AFLCMC/AFSC/AFNWC – Hill AFB.  Contract FA8203-14-M-0049

Goodrich Corporation of Monroe, NC (Union County) was awarded $665,434 for Power Supply, In Repair/Modification from the Department of the Navy, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Philadelphia, PA.  Contract N0038312G009D7002.

Everything Travel of Summerfield, NC (Guilford County) was awarded $38,748.60 for Lodging from the Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).  Contract DJA-14-AHDQ-P-0520.

The Department of Veterans Affair in Murfreesboro TN  awarded  contract  VA249-14-C-0140 to ATRIAX, P.L.L.C.; Hickory, NC (Catawba County) for C–626-14-1-4209-0008 A/E Proj 626-13-403 Upgrade Lighting Phase 1 & 2 in the amount of $104,441.22
(Solicitation Number: VA24914R0089)

Meet and Greet State Agency Construction Project Managers

Meet and Greet State Agency Construction Project Managers responsible for nintey-million dollars worth of Repair and Renovation Projects. Develop relationships, and build your name with this unique opportunity to meet agency officials at the Governor’s Mansion.

There are limited spaces available.

When.  June 28, 2014 from 10 – Noon

Where.  Governor’s Mansion, 200 N Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

For more information or to register:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-and-greet-state-agency-construction-project-managers-tickets-11824670909

 

Recent Federal Contract Awarded to an NC Firm

GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $17,616,339 firm-fixed-price contract for flu vaccines. This contract was a competitive acquisition with four offers received. This is a one-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is North Carolina with a Sept. 30, 2015, performance completion date. Using military service is Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2015 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE2DP-14-D-0005).

Recent NC Award (S.T. Wooten Corp. Inc.)

S.T. Wooten Corp. Inc., Wilson, North Carolina, is being awarded $9,975,000 for firm-fixed-price task order 0003 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40085-13-D-5245) for repairing various areas of runways 23R and 14L at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point. The work to be performed provides for the repair of deteriorated bituminous concrete at various locations on the airfield using asphalt concrete milling/overlay and sealcoating to extend the useful life of the airfield pavements. Work will be performed in Havelock, North Carolina, and is expected to be completed by March 2016. Fiscal 2014 operation and maintenance (Marine Corps) contract funds in the amount of $9,975,000 are being obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Facilities Engineering and Design Command, Cherry Point, North Carolina, is the contracting activity.

3 Exhibit Spaces Remain, NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review (June 4/5)

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United States Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), North Carolina Military Foundation, University of North Carolina and the Institute for Defense and Business are pleased to host the 2014 North Carolina Federal Advanced Technologies Review at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on June 4-5, 2014.

The Federal Advanced Technologies Review  will focus on the future advanced technology needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies within the state.

CONFIRMED MORNING KEYNOTE REMARKS:

  • Lawrence C. Schuette, Ph.D., Director of Research, Office of Naval Research.  Download biography

Dr. Schuette is the Director of Research at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, VA. As the senior civilian responsible for Research at ONR, he oversees the basic and applied research investments which increase fundamental knowledge, foster opportunities for breakthroughs and provide technology options for future naval capabilities and systems.

CONFIRMED LUNCH PANEL: Data vs. Gut: Using Analytics to Improve Decision Making
The way decisions are made in the military is rapidly changing.  In the past, critical decisions were based on instinct and experience because data was not always accessible, usable or complete.  Today, defense organizations are taking advantage of the abundance of data available to drive better outcomes.  Using data analytics to move from a reactive approach to one that is proactive and predictive, is bringing value to the way the Department of Defense (DoD) and its component services operate.  Join the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) and SAS for a lunchtime panel discussion to hear more about using data analytics to inform better decision making across DoD.

  • Mark Cramer, President, Institute for Defense and Business
  • Rear Admiral Erroll Brown, US Coast Guard (Ret.), Senior Fellow at LMI
  • Karen Terrell, Vice President, SAS Federal

 

CONFIRMED MILITARY, ACADEMIA AND AGENCY PARTICIPATION:

  • XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg
  • US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District
  • US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
  • US Army Research Office
  • North Carolina National Guard
  • II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF)
  • Office of Naval Research
  • Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
  • US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina
  • Appalachian State University
  • East Carolina University
  • Institute for Defense & Business
  • NexGen Air Transportation (North Carolina State University)
  • North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • North Carolina Military Business Center
  • North Carolina Military Foundation
  • North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Objective. To establish a dialogue between industry, academia and government and to form partnerships to address the future needs of the federal government for advanced technologies in the following sectors:

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Soldier Systems & Tactical Energy Solutions
  • Ground/Air Vehicles and Robotics
  • Biotechnologies
  • Medical Technologies
  • Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Software & Cyber Security
  • Human/Social Sciences/Cultural & Behavioral Dynamics
  • C4ISR Hardware Systems

Registration.  Registration is now available for attendees and exhibitors.  Visit:  http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

Veterans Upward Bound

Education is the surest path to opportunity! Recognizing this fact the Federal TRiO programs were established by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Higher Education Act to assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. In all there are eight TRiO programs that serve different populations at different stages in their academic journey.

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is the TRiO program designed specifically to serve the veteran population. VUB was created in 1972 as a priority project to meet the academic needs of veterans returning from the Vietnam War. Currently there are 50 VUB programs nationwide serving nearly 7,000 veterans. Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) hosts the only VUB program in the state of North Carolina. VUB at CCCC concurrently serves 125 veterans from Chatham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee and Wake counties.

To help our veterans successfully transition from military life back into the classroom and on to civilian careers the VUB program provides an initial academic and career assessment, and subsequently supports and motivates veterans to reach their goals through counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and academic instruction in the core subject areas. Specific services that are provided by VUB at CCCC include:

—   Instruction in Mathematics, Science, Foreign language, Composition and Literature through intensive basic skills development in refresher courses

—   Academic tutoring

—   Career Counseling

—   Study skills, time management, and financial literacy workshops

—   Referral assistance to the Veterans administration and other federal state and local veteran serving organizations

—   Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations

—   Assistance in completing college admission applications

—   Assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and help in finding other financial aid programs and resources

—   Educational counseling

How to help. The success of our VUB program is measured by our ability to assist our veteran participants through refresher courses, academic and career counseling, and entry into a post-secondary educational program that will help them meet their career goals. If you are or know a veteran who is interested in going back to school to update or enhance their skill set please contact the VUB office at CCCC to see how we can help.

Veterans Upward Bound

TRiO Programs

Central Carolina Community College

1105 Kelly Drive

Sanford, NC 27330

Phone: 919-718-7463

Email: veteransub@cccc.edu

Website: www.cccc.edu/vub

Do you know your NCMBC? – Sean Moser

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Sean Moser is an Army veteran with more than 26 years of Active Military service and is a small business owner.  His previous military assignments include serving as personal staff for the Adjutant General of North Carolina, Deputy J5 for Strategic Plans, and Chief of Legislative Affairs for The North Carolina National Guard.  He also served as the Director for International Affairs for the State Partnership Program with Botswana and Moldova and as member of the State’s Continuous Process Improvement team. He was mobilized for Operation Desert Shield/Storm and deployed twice for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

As a Business Development Specialist, Sean brings his experience to help North Carolina business leaders to gain and grow contracting opportunities with the government. Sean provides a special emphasis to defense related programs within advanced technology sectors to include: advanced materials and manufacturing; tactical energy solutions; ground/air vehicles and robotics; biotechnologies; medical technologies; big data, advanced analytics, software & cyber security; human/social sciences/cultural & behavioral dynamics; and C41SR hardware systems.  He will also monitor all US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) contract opportunities.

LTC (R) Moser graduated from Georgetown University at the Government Affairs Institute with a Graduate Certificate in Legislative Affairs, the Army’s Command and General Staff College, The U.S. State Department’s Foreign Affairs Training Academy, and the Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management for Foreign Military Cooperation. His military training includes the Armor Officer’s Basic and Career Courses, The Sniper Leader’s Course, and the Scout Platoon Leader’s Course.

Sean lives in the Research Triangle Park with his wife of 23 years and two children.

CONTACT.  Contact Sean at mosers@ncmbc.us

2 Weeks Remain! NC Advanced Technologies Review – Save Your Space Today!

United States Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), North Carolina Military Foundation, University of North Carolina and the Institute for Defense and Business are pleased to host the 2014 North Carolina Federal Advanced Technologies Review at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on June 4-5, 2014.

The Federal Advanced Technologies Review will focus on the future advanced technology needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies within the state.

WHEN

Review Social – June 4, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Review – June 5, 2014.  Registration begins at 7:15 am, Program 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

WHEREMcKimmon Conference & Training Center

NC State University

1101 Gorman Street

Raleigh, NC 27606

CONFIRMED MORNING KEYNOTE REMARKS

  • Lawrence C. Schuette, Ph.D., Director of Research, Office of Naval Research.  Download biography

Dr. Schuette is the Director of Research at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, VA. As the senior civilian responsible for Research at ONR, he oversees the basic and applied research investments which increase fundamental knowledge, foster opportunities for breakthroughs and provide technology options for future naval capabilities and systems.

CONFIRMED LUNCH PANEL: Data vs. Gut: Using Analytics to Improve Decision Making

The way decisions are made in the military is rapidly changing.  In the past, critical decisions were based on instinct and experience because data was not always accessible, usable or complete.  Today, defense organizations are taking advantage of the abundance of data available to drive better outcomes.  Using data analytics to move from a reactive approach to one that is proactive and predictive, is bringing value to the way the Department of Defense (DoD) and its component services operate.  Join the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) and SAS for a lunchtime panel discussion to hear more about using data analytics to inform better decision making across DoD.

  • Mark Cramer, President, Institute for Defense and Business
  • Rear Admiral Erroll Brown, US Coast Guard (Ret.), Senior Fellow at LMI
  • Karen Terrell, Vice President, SAS Federal

CONFIRMED MILITARY, ACADEMIA AND AGENCY PARTICIPATION

  • XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg
  • US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District
  • US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
  • US Army Research Office
  • North Carolina National Guard
  • II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF)
  • Office of Naval Research
  • Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
  • US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina
  • Appalachian State University
  • East Carolina University
  • Institute for Defense & Business
  • NexGen Air Transportation (North Carolina State University)
  • North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • North Carolina Military Business Center
  • North Carolina Military Foundation
  • North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Wake Forest University

REGISTRATION. Registration is now available for attendees, exhibitors and government/military representatives.  Visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php for more information.

Do you know your NCMBC? – Boyce Haywood

Boyce Haywood is currently a member of the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) Business Development Team.  He is affiliated with the Wayne Community College in Goldsboro and serves as the Business Development Specialist for Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the following counties: Duplin, Edgecomb, Greene, Johnston, Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne and Wilson.

As a Business Development Specialist, Boyce assists North Carolina businesses in winning Federal business opportunities which will thereby grow their companies. To reach that goal, he is responsible for identifying Federal Government requirements and bidding opportunities and assist North Carolina firms to win contracting opportunities; and to help N.C. small businesses to develop and win subcontracting opportunities. Boyce specifically identifies opportunities advertised from Seymour Johnson AFB Contracting Office, and works with North Carolina industries in those specific areas as well as his geographic area of responsibility.

Prior to joining NCMBC, Boyce served in the capacity of Purchasing Agent with the NC Department of Administration and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for 2 ½ years. He provided procurement support to 35 State agencies serving the citizens of NC and mandated quality of life efforts. Prior to joining the NC Department of Administration, Boyce served as Purchasing Supervisor with the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune supporting 40,000 Marines.

Prior to joining the Naval Hospital Team, He served as an Acquisition Analyst as a Department of Defense Contractor with CACI. During that time he deployed to Iraq for 18 months.

Boyce is a retired US Air Force Senior Master Sergeant and former Contracting Officer. He retired as the 4th Contracting Squadron Superintendent/First Sergeant. His military assignments included Comiso, Italy, Torrejon, Spain, Misawa, Japan and Okinawa, Japan. He also had deployment tours to Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Malaysia, Australia and Thailand.

Boyce currently resides in Goldsboro, NC with his wife of 24 years, Kimberly, also a retired Air Force member. They have one daughter, Kianna.

CONTACT.  Contact Boyce at ncmbc@waynecc.edu

MICC Fort Bragg Acquisition Forecast Open House (Jun 19)

MICC Fort Bragg Acquisition Forecast Open House

Fort Bragg invites you to a “Forecast Forum” with representatives from Fort Bragg Units and Mission Installation Contracting Command (MICC) providing their anticipated forecast opportunities for 2014.

June 19, 2014
9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Event sign-in begins at 8:00 am

DPTMS Pope Field Training Annex Bldg 372
(Pope Theater)
464-534 Virgin St
Pope AFB, North Carolina 28308

***May include and not limited to anticipated forecast for IT Support, IT Supplies, training requirements

There is no fee to attend but registration is required!
Registration is limited to the first 400 registrations received due to seating limitations.

Registration must be completed through this link below:

**Very important: Access to Fort Bragg is restricted to those who have a reason to enter the Installation. All vehicles entering the post are subject to search. In order to gain entry to Fort Bragg, all occupants 17 years or older must have a valid identification. DoD affiliated or Federal Government ID card holders may access any lane at any ACP with any type of vehicle as long as the vehicle can safely negotiate the ACP. All other personnel presenting U.S. driver’s license or state identification cards may access any ACP as long as they visit one of the two Visitor Control Centers at All-American or Knox Truck Plaza (Commercial Vehicles Only) and process and receive a Visitor Pass. Their vehicle will be subject to search. All Non-DoD affiliated personnel must process for and receive a visitors pass unless accompanied by a DoD affiliated ID Card holder that meet the trusted traveler requirements.

Link below for more information concerning vehicle access onto Fort Bragg: http://www.bragg.army.mil/directorates/DES/pmo/Pages/AccessControl.aspx

Morning Keynote Announcement: NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review (June 5)

United States Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), North Carolina Military Foundation, University of North Carolina and the Institute for Defense and Business are pleased to host the 2014 North Carolina Federal Advanced Technologies Review at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on June 4-5, 2014.

The Federal Advanced Technologies Review will focus on the future advanced technology needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies within the state.

Morning Keynote Remarks Announcement:
Lawrence C. Schuette, Ph.D., Director of Research, Office of Naval Research.  As the senior civilian responsible for Research at ONR, he oversees the basic and applied research investments which increase fundamental knowledge, foster opportunities for breakthroughs and provide technology options for future naval capabilities and systems.

Confirmed Military, Academia and Agency Participation:

  • XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg
  • US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District
  • US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
  • US Army Research Office
  • North Carolina National Guard
  • II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF)
  • Office of Naval Research
  • Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
  • US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina
  • Appalachian State University
  • East Carolina University
  • Institute for Defense & Business
  • NexGen Air Transportation (North Carolina State University)
  • North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • North Carolina Military Business Center
  • North Carolina Military Foundation
  • North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Wake Forest University

 

Objective. To establish a dialogue between industry, academia and government and to form partnerships to address the future needs of the federal government for advanced technologies in the following sectors:

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Soldier Systems & Tactical Energy Solutions
  • Ground/Air Vehicles and Robotics
  • Biotechnologies
  • Medical Technologies
  • Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Software & Cyber Security
  • Human/Social Sciences/Cultural & Behavioral Dynamics
  • C4ISR Hardware Systems

Registration.  Registration is now available for attendees and exhibitors.  Visit:  http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

Sponsorship.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.  To review event sponsorship opportunities, please visit:

http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

Soldier Equipment & Technology Expo and Summit

On June 24 – 26, 2014, the Soldier Equipment & Technology Expo and Summit at Fort Bragg, NC will return for its 6th year – The 2014 event  has a new Special Operations Focus: The Fort Bragg SOF and Acquisition Outlook.

Attendees will hear from Fort Bragg Commanders and leaders in order to ascertain ways to ensure soldiers are properly equipped with clothing, individual equipment and protection, small arms and ammo, special munitions, power, electronics, communications and more.

Plus there is an interactive exhibition of weapons, laser systems, optics and more.

To find out more about the Expo and Summit, please visit www.SoldierEquipmentExpo.com or email Katrina.Savarino@idga.org for more information.

Department of the Navy’s 4th Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference

Department of the Navy’s 4th Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference

MAY 28TH-29TH 2014

Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown

3415 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609

Conference Management Team: nssc_wwarriorhiring@navy.mil

http://www.navair.navy.mil/jobs/woundedwarriorreg.aspx

EVENT SUMMARY:

This event will offer recruiters/employers an excellent opportunity to speak with highly skilled and multi-talented wounded warriors, transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses and/or family members seeking civilian employment opportunities.

As an employer, you are also invited to participate on Day 1 of the conference as well. It will be a day full of informative presentations such as “Hiring Strategies to Employ Wounded Warriors & Veterans”, “Wounded Warrior Talent Management”, “Wounded Warrior & Veteran Perspectives”, etc.

This day will bring together government, military and industry leaders that are committed to hiring and supporting Wounded Warriors, Veterans and Military Spouses in the workplace.

THE CONFERENCE IS FREE, but registration is required.

http://www.navair.navy.mil/jobs/woundedwarriorreg.aspx

Parking is available at no charge on-site. Food and beverages will be available for purchase

Recent NC Contract Award

The Federal Aviation Administration, (Oklahoma City, OK) has awarded a Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity type contract has been awarded to Wells Global PLLC, Raleigh, NC for Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) Critical/Essential Power System (ACEPS) II On the Job Training (OJT) to be conducted at the Engineering Support Facility in Wake Forest, North Carolina and at FAA operational facilities receiving the ACEPS II power system.

The contract award was the result of a single source action under solicitation number DTFAAC-14-R-00380, which was announced on FAACO on January 15, 2014.

The total potential value of the contract is $2,569,030.45 (base plus all options). The period of performance includes a base contract period and three one-year options.

Recent Contract Awards

Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, VA recently award seven contracts for general construction.  Locke-Lane Construction Inc., Stony Point, NC (N40085-13-D-5249) and Sampson Contracting Inc., Barco, NC (N40085-14-D-7711) were two of seven firms located in NC being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award construction contract for general construction projects located at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and other outlying facilities in North Carolina.  The maximum dollar value including the base period and four option years for all contracts combined is $50,000,000.

All American Marathon & Mike-to-Mike Half Marathon

The All-American Marathon and Mike-to-Mike Half Marathon will start in downtown Fayetteville, NC at Festival Park. Festival Park is a four acre concert/entertainment complex located in the heart of Fayetteville.

When.  May 4, 2014Where.  Fayetteville, NC

Racers will run up Ray Avenue to Hay Street where they will run through the heart of historic downtown Fayetteville past the Market House. The route will then take runners up past Veterans Parks, and the Airborne and Special Operations Museum which is the home to the historic Iron Mike Statue. Runners will continue running up Morganton through the Historic Haymount District of Fayetteville, traveling rolling hills until reaching the All-American Freeway.  For Half-Marathoners the race course will run approximately two miles on Fort Bragg via the All-American.

Half-Marathoners will exit the All-American onto Normandy and run to finish the race at the Main Post Parade Field with scenic views of Fort Bragg’s replica Iron Mike Statue.  After running on the All-American freeway for about four miles, our full marathon racers will enter the installation on Gruber road. The race course will then lead runners past the home of the 82nd Airborne Division and past Pope Airfield. Marathoners will finish their course with scenic views of FORSCOM headquarters and past Fort Bragg’s Iron Mike statue finishing at the Main Post Parade Field.

For more information, visit: http://www.fortbraggmwr.com/allamericanmarathon/.

Valor Games Southeast

What are the Southeast Valor Games?
The Southeast Valor Games are the first in a 4-part national series bringing Veterans and active-duty service members, military ill, injured and wounded, from across the nation to engage in three days of Paralympic sport competition. 2013 was the first year that the Southeast Valor Games were held in the Triangle, with Bridge II Sports as the host. In addition to promoting healthy, active lifestyles, the mission of Valor Games is to get our military reintegrated into their communities through sport, and Bridge II Sports is proud to support such endeavors. Partnering with US Paralympics, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and many local sponsors, this year’s games will be held on the campuses of UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University, and in Raleigh on May 20-22nd.

The grant funding for this program is awarded by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, through funding provided by Veterans Affairs. The grants are provided to facilitate the growth of Paralympic sport programming for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.

Which sports are offered?
Sports include air rifle, boccia, sitting volleyball, archery, indoor rowing, power lifting, table tennis, cycling and shot put. Each is a sport in the Paralympic Games, an elite international multi-sport competition for athletes with disabilities.

Who is eligible?
All wounded, ill and injured Veterans and active-duty service members. These categories include: permanent physical impairments (amputees, limb salvage, below/above the knee amputation, below/above the elbow amputation, spinal cord injury, visual impairment) and open (PTSD, TBI, cancer, etc.).

How many athletes will attend?
100 veteran and active-duty military will travel to the Triangle to compete in the Valor Games Southeast on several levels, from novice to advanced. All meals, lodging, local transportation, entertainment and equipment are provided for the athletes. The event is free to participants, and is a wonderful opportunity for the community to band together and honor these individuals.

How can I learn more?
Visit www.valorgamessoutheast.com or www.bridge2sports.org, call 866-880-2742 ext. 3, or send an email to Bridge II Sports, Attn: Valor Games Coordinator ~ valorgames@bridge2sports.org.

Camp Lejeune Contract Opportunities $15K – $25K

The Marine Corps Installations East – Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune) Regional Contracting Office (RCO) now advertises Contract Opportunities on the their website for services expected to exceed
$15,000 but not expected to exceed $25,000.

Visit http://go.usa.gov/k9HQ for more information.

Is your North Carolina-based Company Growing?

Is your North Carolina-based Company Growing?

Showcase the success of your thriving middle-market company

Presented by Business North Carolina and accounting firm Cherry Bekaert LLP, the fourth annual NC Mid-Market FAST 40 program honors middle-market companies with headquarters in North Carolina that have had the greatest growth in revenue and employment.

The top 40 honorees will be featured in December in a special supplement to Business North Carolina magazine.

Do you know a potential NC Mid-Market FAST 40 company?
Is your company a catalyst for growth?

Questions about nominations and entries? Contact Amanda Keefer at akeefer@cbh.com.

All reported revenue and employment figures are verified by the independent accounting firm of Cherry Bekaert and are held in strict confidence subject to a standard confidentiality agreement and privacy policy.

This program is presented by: Business North Carolina and Cherry Bekaert

Do you know your NCMBC – Scott Dorney

Scott Dorney has served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) since December 1, 2004.

A statewide component of the North Carolina Community College System (with State headquarters at FTCC), the NCMBC is a business development organization that connects North Carolina businesses to federal contracts, connects military and other jobseekers to employment and helps recruit defense contractors to North Carolina.  Since opening in 2005, the NCMBC supported North Carolina businesses in winning over 1,710 contracts for $3.7 billion to $12.0 billion.

Originally from Allentown, PA, Scott graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, SC in May 1977.  He also received a Masters in International Affairs Degree from Columbia University in 1988.

Prior to joining the NCMBC in 2004, Scott served for six years as the Chief Officer for Support Services for the City of Fayetteville.  In this capacity, he directed the Human Resources department and had management responsibility for Risk Management, Information Technology and Graphic Services.

Prior to joining the City of Fayetteville, Scott served nearly 22 years on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Army.  A field artillery and Foreign Area Officer, his numerous assignments included two tours in Greece, three years as an attaché at the US Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus, and as an artillery officer in the Persian Gulf War.  His final assignment was at Fort Bragg, where he served as the Civil Military Operations staff officer for XVIII Airborne Corps and as Deputy Garrison Commander.

Scott has been very involved with the community since moving to North Carolina in 1995.  He currently serves as a Member of Board of Directors of the USO of North Carolina, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association and the North Carolina Defense Business Association.  He is a former Chair of the Cumberland County Business and Education Partnership and a former President of the Fayetteville Area Society for Human Resource Management.

An avid sailor, Scott has been married to his wife, Lee, since 1977.  Lee is a Family Nurse Practitioner with Cumberland County, and Scott and Lee have two daughters.  Amanda is a graduate of FTCC, a military spouse and lives in Crestview, FL.  Amy is a graduate of NC State University, an Environmental Engineer and the Safety, Health and Environmental Manager for Unilever in Raeford, NC.

Contact Scott Dorney:  dorneys@ncmbc.us

Greensboro’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities Challenge

The City of Greensboro is proud to be one of three communities in the United States selected for the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development Administration. This initiative, known as the SC2 Challenge, is designed to help Greensboro spur long-term economic development and growth, and enhance the city’s overall quality of life.

We are now accepting applications from multidisciplinary teams that submit ideas, strategies and plans to help us build our community. To encourage participation and ensure strong proposals, $1 million in prize money has been set aside to reward the winning entries.

I would like to ask for your help in spreading the news about this initiative within your organization and among your key stakeholders, who are ideally suited to help us tackle economic development and growth issues. We welcome their participation in the SC2 Challenge.

Detailed information about the competition, rules and the City of Greensboro can be found at greensboro.sc2prize.com. Feel free to also use or customize the description below in your organization’s newsletter, email communications, social media channels or additional communications outlets.

The City of Greensboro is looking for the best and brightest to help shape and grow our city! Multidisciplinary teams are invited to compete in the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Challenge by creating a strategic plan that boosts economic development and growth in Greensboro. Winners will be awarded cash prizes from a pool of $1 million. For more information, visit greensboro.sc2prize.com.

 

We are accepting registrations through July 24 of this year, so only a few months remain for people to participate. I appreciate your consideration and support.

Sincerely,

Nancy Vaughan

Mayor

City of Greensboro

Soldier Equipment & Technology Expo and Summit

On June 24 – 26, 2014, the Soldier Equipment & Technology Expo and Summit at Fort Bragg, NC will return for its 6th year – The 2014 event  has a new Special Operations Focus: The Fort Bragg SOF and Acquisition Outlook.

Attendees will hear from Fort Bragg Commanders and leaders in order to ascertain ways to ensure soldiers are properly equipped with clothing, individual equipment and protection, small arms and ammo, special munitions, power, electronics, communications and more.

Plus there is an interactive exhibition of weapons, laser systems, optics and more.

To find out more about the Expo and Summit, please visit www.SoldierEquipmentExpo.com or email Katrina.Savarino@idga.org for more information.

New DCAA Guidance – Good News for Contractors?! Professional and Consulting Service Costs

New DCAA Guidance – Good News for Contractors?! Professional and Consulting Service Costs

Consultant and professional service costs have long been considered a major risk area by government auditors and a source of frustration among contractors. Over the years, the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) has aggressively questioned or disallowed consultant and professional service costs for various documentation reasons. Prior DCAA audit guidance was interpreted by auditors to require the contractor to support all consultant costs with acceptable evidence from each of the three categories listed in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 31.205-33(f) and that the absence of any or all will operate as a presumption of inadequate support. Auditors were told not to substitute their auditor judgment for the explicit requirements of the cost principle and may not use evidence from one category to satisfy as evidence for other categorie

Many contractors have expressed frustration with DCAA’s techniques in auditing this area with stories of applying the documentation requirements no matter the type of service performed or the “work product” associated with the consultants’ efforts. These concerns were raised in joint meetings between the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) and the DCAA. Encouragingly, DCAA agreed that this was an area that needed to be addressed and would issue guidance and provide training in this area.

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For questions about the article, please contact Mark Burroughs at mark.burroughs@dhgllp.com or 703.970.0519, Bill Walter at bill.walter@dhgllp.com or 703.970.0509, or David King at david.king@dhgllp.com or 703.970.0433.

This post was provided by Dixon Hughes Goodman Government Contracting Group.

About the Dixon Hughes Goodman Government Contracting Service Group: Our Government Contracting Services Group is active in government contracting associations, keeps up to date with the effects of policies on the local and national levels and provides proactive advice to our clients. In addition, we actively monitor the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) agenda, as well as changes to the Small Business Administration (SBA).

About Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP: With more than 1,800 people in 11 states, Dixon Hughes Goodman is the largest certified public accounting firm based in the Southern U.S. and one of the largest firms in the nation. In addition to comprehensive accounting and advisory services, the firm focuses on eight major industries and serves clients in all 50 states. Visit www.dhgllp.com for more information.

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Companies – Nominate Your Company Today!

2014 NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review – Seeking Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Companies – Nominate Your Company Today!  

United States Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), North Carolina Military Foundation, University of North Carolina and the Institute for Defense and Business are pleased to host the 2014 North Carolina Federal Advanced Technologies Review at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on June 4-5, 2014.

The Federal Advanced Technologies Review  will focus on the future advanced technology needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies within the state.

Objective.

To establish a dialogue between industry, academia and government and to form partnerships to address the future needs of the federal government for advanced technologies in the following sectors:

Are you an Advanced Materials and Manufacturing company?  Nominate your company for the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing panel today.     

Panel description:  Performance materials are lighter and stronger materials used in a wide variety of applications, including: defense vehicles, electronic systems, protective gear, and uniforms. Example of these materials includes composites, nanomaterials, multi-functional materials, and metamaterials.  Advanced Manufacturing will address the use of innovative technology to improve products or processes.

Other panels include:

  • Tactical Energy Solutions
  • Ground/Air Vehicles and Robotics
  • Biotechnologies
  • Medical Technologies
  • Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Software & Cyber Security
  • Human/Social Sciences/Cultural & Behavioral Dynamics
  • C4ISR Hardware Systems

The “Call for Panelists” is now out for the NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review – nominate your organization today!  Participating as a panel member provides your company/activity the opportunity to share your vision, show your expertise and the opportunity to demonstrate your innovative technology.  Nominate your company today by filling out the “Call for Panelists” form on the event webpage.  To nominate your company, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php.

Registration.  Registration is now available for attendees and exhibitors.  Visit:  http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

Sponsorship.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.  To review event sponsorship opportunities, please visit:

http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

Medical Technologies Companies – Nominate Your Company Today!

2014 NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review – Seeking Medical Technologies Companies – Nominate Your Company Today!  

United States Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), North Carolina Military Foundation, University of North Carolina and the Institute for Defense and Business are pleased to host the 2014 North Carolina Federal Advanced Technologies Review at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on June 4-5, 2014.

The Federal Advanced Technologies Review  will focus on the future advanced technology needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies within the state.

Objective.

To establish a dialogue between industry, academia and government and to form partnerships to address the future needs of the federal government for advanced technologies in the following sectors:

Are you a Medical Technologies company?  Nominate your company for the Medical Technologies panel today.     

Panel description:Advanced medical solutions to assist in the treatment of military service members to increase their survivability on the battlefield, hasten their recovery, and/or assist in improving their quality of life after their military service.

Other panels include:

  • Tactical Energy Solutions
  • Ground/Air Vehicles and Robotics
  • Biotechnologies
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Software & Cyber Security
  • Human/Social Sciences/Cultural & Behavioral Dynamics
  • C4ISR Hardware Systems

The “Call for Panelists” is now out for the NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review – nominate your organization today!  Participating as a panel member provides your company/activity the opportunity to share your vision, show your expertise and the opportunity to demonstrate your innovative technology.  Nominate your company today by filling out the “Call for Panelists” form on the event webpage.  To nominate your company, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php.

Registration.  Registration is now available for attendees and exhibitors.  Visit:  http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

Sponsorship.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.  To review event sponsorship opportunities, please visit:

http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

 

Mitts Nitts Recent Award

This blog post is provided by NCMBC Business Development Specialist is Teresa Bouchonnet, bouchonnett@ncmbc.us.

Mitts Nitts started in 1979 in Durham N.C. has been awarded $9,900,000 Contract SPE1C1-14-D-1019 for military sweaters.   They are the top supplier of sweaters to the USMC and Coast Guard.  These sweaters are 100% U.S. made and yarn spun in N.C.   The whole production from pattern to finished product all made at their location in Durham.  They also manufacture knitted gloves, liners, watch caps, scarf, face masks, footie’s, leg and arm warmers.  They make quality products for private labels.

Recent Federal Contract Awarded to a NC Firm

Kearfott Corp., Black Mountain, N.C. (Buncombe County) was awarded an $8,628,628 firm-fixed-price contract for the Actuator, Electro-Me for the Blackhawk weapons system. The minimum quantity is 120 and the maximum quantity is 1,440. Funding and work performance location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is April 3, 2018. Two bids were solicited with one received. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-14-D-0073).

NC Veterans Affairs Partners with NCDMV to Promote Veterans’ Services

The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA), a division of the North Carolina Department of Administration, is collaborating with the NC Division of Motor Vehicles and the Motor Vehicle Network (MVN) to build awareness for veterans’ services. This interagency partnership is an example of how the NCDVA is reaching veterans across North Carolina. The MVN is a closed circuit television network located at 124 Driver’s License Offices statewide that broadcasts messages to DMV patrons.

“This interagency partnership is a fresh approach to State government and we are excited to be working with DMV to find new ways to communicate with our veterans,” said NCDVA Director Ilario Pantano.
The pilot project of the new NCDVA veteran outreach effort has the potential to reach many veterans and their supporters. Current messaging provides veterans with information about the NC Women Veterans Summit and Expo to be held on April 17, 2014 at the North Carolina National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh. There, women veterans will have direct access to information and services offered by NCDVA and many others.

“The launch of the new veterans’ designation on the NC Driver License and this MVN outreach shows DMV’s commitment to supporting our heroes and the NCDVA mission of ‘making North Carolina the most veteran friendly state in America,’” said Director Pantano.
For more information on the NCDVA and DMV collaboration, please visit www.doa.nc.gov/vets, www.ncdot.gov/dmv or call Chris Mears at 919-807-2340. For information on the NC Women Veterans Summit and Expo, please visit www.ncvrac.org.

Frito-Lay Charlotte, NC Over-The-Road Positions Open

The Charlotte Frito-Lay Manufacturing Plant has openings for Full-Time Over-The-Road Drivers.  The online applications system will open from 12:00 am on 3/24/14 through 11:59 pm on 4/11/14.  All applicants must apply on-line at www.fritolayemployment.com.  Please advise your client groups to enter zip code 28273 to access available positions following the prompts.

Individuals who wish to request a reasonable accommodation will find a link, as well as a phone number, on the FRITOLAYEMPLOYMENT website.  Further information, job descriptions, and processes are detailed on the website.

PepsiCo (Frito-Lay) is an equal opportunity employer.  Minorities/Females/Disability/Protected Veteran

Recent Federal Contracts Awarded to NC Firms

SAFT America, Inc. of Valdese, NC (Burke County) was awarded a contract (SPM7LA14M0483) for $108,067.68 from the Defense Logistics Agency for 60–Battery, Non-Rechargeable.

MILCO Contracting LLC of Morehead City, NC (Carteret County) was awarded a contract (HSCG27-14-P-PCV521) for $14,876.00 from the Department of Homeland Security for Replace (6) Windows.

Academi Training Center, Inc. of Moyock, NC (Currituck County) was awarded a contract (H92257-14-P-0071) for $143,073.78 for 3rd MSOB Range Support.

The REMI Group, LLC of Charlotte, NC (Mecklenburg County) was awarded a contract (EP-14-9-000024) for $60,271.50 from the Environmental Protection Agency for J–Option – Maintenance & Emergency Repair Services of Entech Concentrators & Autosamplers.

Rudd Margaret and Associates, Inc. of Oak Island, NC (Brunswick County) was awarded a contract (FA8213-14-C-0022 for $111,432.00 from the Department of the Air Force for X–Lease and Rental of Facilities.

Everything Parking, Inc. of Charlotte, NC (Mecklenburg County) was awarded a contract (GS33F023BA) for $500,000.00 from the General Services Administration for V–Transportation, Delivery and Relocation Solutions.

Mercodia, Inc. of Winston-Salem, NC (Forsyth County) was awarded a contract (GS07F150BA) for $500,000.00 from the General Services Administration for 66–Scientific Equipment and Services.

Wireless Ventures LLC of Winston-Salem, NC (Forsyth County) was awarded a contract (GS07F140BA) for $500,000.00 from the General Services Administration for 56–Building and Building Materials/Industrial Services and Supplies.

Digital Audio Corporation of Durham, NC (Durham County) was awarded a contract (GS03F036BA) for $7,000,000.00 from the General Services Administration for 58–Professional Audio/Visual, Telemetry/Tracking, Recording, Reproducing and Signal Data Solutions.

Machine Specialties, Inc. of Whitsett, NC (Guilford County) was awarded a contract (SPRHA1-14-C-0005) for $186,080.00 from the Department of the Air Force for 16–Aircraft Components and Accessories.

Gateway Medical, Inc. of Mooresville, NC (Iredell County) was awarded a contract (VA246-14-P-0459) for $192,148.62 from the Department of Veterans Affairs for 65-Desoutter Orthodrive (Orthopaedic Power Tools)-Salisbury VA Medical Center.

Ground/Air Vehicles and Robotics Companies – Nominate Your Company Today!

2014 NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review – Seeking Ground/Air Vehicles and Robotics Companies – Nominate Your Company Today!  

United States Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), North Carolina Military Foundation, University of North Carolina and the Institute for Defense and Business are pleased to host the 2014 North Carolina Federal Advanced Technologies Review at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on June 4-5, 2014.

The Federal Advanced Technologies Review  will focus on the future advanced technology needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies within the state.

Objective.

To establish a dialogue between industry, academia and government and to form partnerships to address the future needs of the federal government for advanced technologies in the following sectors:

Are you a Ground/Air Vehicles and Robotics company?  Nominate your company for the Ground/Air Vehicles and Robotics panel today.     

Panel description:Manned and unmanned Ground Vehicles and unmanned Air Vehicles and Robotics offer a wide range of ways to increase the mobility and safety of operators by increasing protection, reducing weight and decreasing fuel consumption. Solutions may include innovations that distance operators from any number of “dull, dangerous, and dirty” activities.

Other panels include:

  • Medical Technologies
  • Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Software and Cyber Security
  • Biotechnologies
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Tactical Energy
  • Human/Social Sciences/Cultural & Behavioral Dynamics
  • C4ISR Hardware Systems

The “Call for Panelists” is now out for the NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review – nominate your organization today!  Participating as a panel member provides your company/activity the opportunity to share your vision, show your expertise and the opportunity to demonstrate your innovative technology.  Nominate your company today by filling out the “Call for Panelists” form on the event webpage.  To nominate your company, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php.

Registration.  Registration is now available for attendees and exhibitors.  Visit:  http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

Sponsorship.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.  To review event sponsorship opportunities, please visit:

http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

 

Executive Order Raises Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

This blog post was provided by Smith Anderson Law Firm.

As he suggested during his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama intends to “lead by example” to increase the minimum wage by urging businesses to raise employee wages and by increasing minimum wages payable to federal contractors.

The President’s Executive Order 13658 (Order), signed on February 12, 2014, will raise the minimum wage for workers on certain federal government contracts to $10.10/hour effective January 1, 2015. The Order applies to new federal contracts and “contract-like instruments” solicited on or after January 1, 2015, if wages are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Service Contract Act or the Davis-Bacon Act and if the contract is:

“a procurement contract for services or construction;”
“a contract or contract-like instrument for services covered by the Service Contract Act;”
“a contract or contract-like instrument for concessions …; or”
“a contract or contract-like instrument … with the Federal Government in connection with Federal property or lands and related to offering services for Federal employees, their dependents or the general public.”
Order, Sec. 7(d)(i)(A)-(D).  The Executive Order does not apply to grants.

The $10.10 minimum wage will be required in all covered contracts through the insertion of a FAR clause into new contracts and contractors must “flow down” the clause into their subcontracts. Government contractors may see the new wage clause inserted into solicitations for contracts to be signed after January 1, 2015, to ensure contractors will pay the new rate as soon as the requirement takes effect.

The Order further provides for annual increases (and no decreases) to this minimum wage beginning January 1, 2016, as determined by the Department of Labor, based on increases in the Consumer Price Index. Additionally, the Order raises the minimum hourly cash wage for covered tipped employees to $4.90 from their current $2.13/hour rate, and these minimums also are subject to annual increases.

Implementing regulations will be issued by the Secretary of Labor by October 1, 2014; the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council is required to issue FAR clauses within 60 days following the Department of Labor’s issuance of regulations.

Federal contractors and subcontractors should begin assessing whether the terms of the Order will apply to them, and they should prepare to comply with the Order for their own employees and by flowing down the FAR clause (once drafted) to subcontractors as appropriate.

In the interim, construction companies and service providers to the federal government should keep in mind the minimum wage requirements for contractors and subcontractors that already exist under the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act.

For more information on this blog post, please contact.  Jackson Moore, 919-821-6688 or Susan Milner Parrott, 919-824-6664

Run for the Troops 5K

Run for the Troops 5K

When.  May 17, 2014, 0800 start time

Where. Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC

$25/person, advance registration

Register at www.active.com Now!

 

C4ISR Hardware Systems Companies – Nominate Your Company Today!

2014 NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review – Seeking C4ISR Hardware Systems Companies – Nominate Your Company Today!   

United States Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), North Carolina Military Foundation, University of North Carolina and the Institute for Defense and Business are pleased to host the 2014 North Carolina Federal Advanced Technologies Review at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on June 4-5, 2014.

The Federal Advanced Technologies Review  will focus on the future advanced technology needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies within the state.

Objective.

To establish a dialogue between industry, academia and government and to form partnerships to address the future needs of the federal government for advanced technologies in the following sectors:

Are you a C4ISR Hardware Systems company?  Nominate your company for the C4ISR Hardware Systems panel today.     

 

Panel description

This session will present the latest hardware developments in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems being readied for use in the marketplace.  Remote sensors, self-healing networks, advanced optics and other devices used in remote data collection as well as fixed base operations will be featured. 

Other panels include:

  • Medical Technologies
  • Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Software and Cyber Security
  • Biotechnologies
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Tactical Energy
  • Human/Social Sciences/Cultural & Behavioral Dynamics
  • Ground/Air Vehicles and Robotics

The “Call for Panelists” is now out for the NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review – nominate your organization today!  Participating as a panel member provides your company/activity the opportunity to share your vision, show your expertise and the opportunity to demonstrate your innovative technology.  Nominate your company today by filling out the “Call for Panelists” form on the event webpage.  To nominate your company, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php.

Registration.  Registration is now available for attendees and exhibitors.  Visit:  http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

Sponsorship.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.  To review event sponsorship opportunities, please visit:

http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

Biotechnologies Companies – Nominate Your Company Today!

2014 NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review – Seeking Biotechnologies Companies – Nominate Your Company Today!  

United States Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), North Carolina Military Foundation, University of North Carolina and the Institute for Defense and Business are pleased to host the 2014 North Carolina Federal Advanced Technologies Review at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on June 4-5, 2014.

The Federal Advanced Technologies Review  will focus on the future advanced technology needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies within the state.

Objective.

To establish a dialogue between industry, academia and government and to form partnerships to address the future needs of the federal government for advanced technologies in the following sectors:

Are you a Biotechnologies company?  Nominate your company for the Biotechnologies panel today.     

Panel description:Biotechnology leverages our understanding of the natural sciences to create novel solutions, especially in the fields of bio-fuels, bio-manufacturing, human health, nanobio-technology, regenerative medicine and vaccines.  Examples of areas of military application are bio-defense, logistics/bioprocessing, material sciences (flexible body armor), electronics and sensing (Unattended Ground Sensors), bio-energetics (batteries/bio-refineries), and bio-mimetics and bio-metaphors (UAV Swarms).

Other panels include:

  • Medical Technologies
  • Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Software and Cyber Security
  • C4ISR Hardware Systems
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Tactical Energy
  • Human/Social Sciences/Cultural & Behavioral Dynamics
  • Ground/Air Vehicles and Robotics

The “Call for Panelists” is now out for the NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review – nominate your organization today!  Participating as a panel member provides your company/activity the opportunity to share your vision, show your expertise and the opportunity to demonstrate your innovative technology.  Nominate your company today by filling out the “Call for Panelists” form on the event webpage.  To nominate your company, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php.

Registration.  Registration is now available for attendees and exhibitors.  Visit:  http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

Sponsorship.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.  To review event sponsorship opportunities, please visit:

http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

Human/Social Sciences/Cultural & Behavioral Dynamics Company? Nominate Your Company Today!

2014 NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review – Seeking Human/Social Sciences/Cultural & Behavioral Dynamics Companies – Nominate Your Company Today!

United States Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), North Carolina Military Foundation, University of North Carolina and the Institute for Defense and Business are pleased to host the 2014 North Carolina Federal Advanced Technologies Review at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on June 4-5, 2014.

The Federal Advanced Technologies Review  will focus on the future advanced technology needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies within the state.

Objective.
To establish a dialogue between industry, academia and government and to form partnerships to address the future needs of the federal government for advanced technologies in the following sectors:

Are you a Human/Social Sciences/Cultural & Behavioral Dynamics company?  Nominate your company for the Human/Social Sciences/Cultural & Behavioral Dynamics panel today.

Panel description:
Human Social Cultural Behavioral (HSCB) Sciences is a technology investment area that supports strategic decision making, tactical warfighter training, and mission rehearsal by developing cross-cultural and sociocultural skills, computational social science models and simulations.

Other panels include:

  • Medical Technologies
  • Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Software and Cyber Security
  • C4ISR Hardware Systems
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Tactical Energy
  • Biotechnologies
  • Ground/Air Vehicles and Robotics

 

The “Call for Panelists” is now out for the NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review – nominate your organization today!  Participating as a panel member provides your company/activity the opportunity to share your vision, show your expertise and the opportunity to demonstrate your innovative technology.  Nominate your company today by filling out the “Call for Panelists” form on the event webpage.  To nominate your company, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php.
Registration.  Registration is now available for attendees and exhibitors.  Visit:  http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

Sponsorship.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.  To review event sponsorship opportunities, please visit:

http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

SAME – US Marine Corps Engineering/Construction Camp

SAME – US Marine Corps Engineering/Construction Camp

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Engineering & Construction Camp is seeking volunteers to staff, manage and conduct the Camp, located at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune (Jacksonville, NC). Camp dates for personnel and volunteers are set as 21 – 28 June 2014.

Background:
At SAME Engineering and Construction Camps, high school students from across the country and around the world learn engineering solutions and skills from professional engineers and constructors while getting a taste of what it means to work for and with the military services. Only at SAME Camp can you design a chair with three legs and sit on it, construct a concrete beam and smash it, or build a cardboard boat and race it! These exciting week‐long camps take place during the summer months in a variety of settings: the colorful Colorado Rockies, the beautiful Southern California Coast, the historic Mississippi Valley, and the pristine coast of southeastern North Carolina. SAME and USMC have entered into a collaborative effort to host an Engineering and Construction Camp at Camp Lejeune for high school students who excel in math, science and technical courses and are interested in pursuing a college engineering education. The second annual SAME USMC and Construction Camp will be held from 22‐28 June 2014, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC.

Mentors Needed:
The camp requires a total of eight mentors who will work with high school‐aged boys and girls in their day‐to‐day activities. The mentor position is a full‐time volunteer position with the Camp, and will require attendance from mid‐day Saturday the 23rd through end‐day Saturday the 28th. Once at Camp Lejeune, the mentor will berth in a specially designated BEQ for the Camp, and all meals will be provided. The Camp Directors have already established a rigorous daily routine for the campers; the mentor’s job will be to assist the 10 campers in their “squad” with getting to‐and‐from activities, as well as assisting in the execution of the activities, and providing information and perspective on future careers related to “military engineering and construction”. Each squad of 10 campers will have one squad leader (an active duty military person engaged in military engineering) and two mentors (typically civilian or civilian contractor personnel). Mentors must be comfortable working with young people, and preferably have a background in military engineering and/or construction via military service, civilian workforce, or civilian contractor experience. Mentors must successfully pass a criminal background check. To apply as a mentor, please visit http://samecamps.org, download and complete the Mentor Application, and email it to will.breeden@urs.com.

Additional Camp volunteers are needed on a part‐time to full‐time basis, to include:

  • Airport Drivers
  • Town Shopper/Runner
  • Communications / Dispatcher
  • Storekeeper / Gatekeeper
  • Medic Standby (non‐emergency)
  • Berthing Coordinator
  • Meal Coordinator
  • Safety Lead
  • In‐processing Leader
  • Out‐processing Leader
  • Daily Photographer
  • Activity/Curricula Assistance
  • Lunchtime speakers
  • Event Leaders

Candidates for the additional volunteer positions should contact Will Breeden at will.breeden@urs.com, and be sure to
include name, phone, email, desired position(s) and available date(s).

Visit the USMC SAME E&C Camp Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/US‐Marine‐Corps‐Society‐of‐American‐
Military‐Engineers‐Construction‐Camp/369820256407075?hc_location=timeline

Doing Business with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

Doing Business with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

When.
March 26: 1-4:30 pm
March 27: 8:30 am – noon

Location
Craven Community College – Havelock Campus, 305 Cunningham Blvd, Redd Bldg 117, Havelock, NC 28532

Workshop Description

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) buyers are now using new processes and systems to support Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.  Suppliers doing business or interested in doing business with DLA will be required to be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS), and Wide Area Workflow (WWAF).  The workshop will guide suppliers through registrations, new processes, and demonstrate how vendors can find new business opportunities with DLA.

Join us for a workshop that will provide you with information on:

Getting Set-Up for Federal Contracting
Doing Business with DLA
Navigating the DIBBS system and Locating Business Opportunities with DLA
Wide Area Work Flow Information

Registration

Session is free to attend but registration is required
– See more at: http://www.sbtdc.org/business-events/doing-business-with-the-defense-logistics-agency-dla/#sthash.p5MFFuKC.dpuf

NCMBC Appoints LTC (Ret.) Sean Moser to Provide Business Development Services

NC Military Business Center Appoints LTC (Ret.) Sean Moser to Provide Business Development Services to North Carolina Companies

RALEIGH (MAR 10, 2014) – The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Sean Moser as Business Development Specialist.  Serving businesses statewide, Mr. Moser will identify contract opportunities, source them to businesses across the state and provide one-on-one assistance to help businesses compete for, win and grow jobs through federal contracts.

The business development teams are the heart of the NCMBC,” said Scott Dorney, NCMBC Executive Director.  “Sean will leverage his experience in the US Army, with the North Carolina National Guard and with industry to assist businesses in winning and successfully executing federal contracts.” 

As a member of the NCMBC’s central business development team, Mr. Moser will identify future and current federal prime and subcontracting opportunities, identify and notify companies of these opportunities and provide one-on-one assistance to help companies bid on and win contracts.  Mr. Moser will focus on defense-related programs within advanced technology sectors to include:  advanced materials and manufacturing; tactical energy solutions; ground/air vehicles and robotics; biotechnologies; medical technologies; big data, advanced analytics, software & cyber security; human/social sciences/cultural & behavioral dynamics; and C41SR hardware systems.  He will also monitor all contract opportunities from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), particularly those for the agencies’ facilities in the Research Triangle Park.

Mr. Moser will also provide training and counseling services in federal contracting to businesses in five counties of central North Carolina, including Wake, Franklin, Vance, Warren and Granville Counties.

Prior to joining the NCMBC, Mr. Moser’s previous military assignments include serving as personal staff for the Adjutant General of North Carolina, Deputy J5 for Strategic Plans, and Chief of Legislative Affairs for The North Carolina National Guard.  He also served as the Director for International Affairs for the State Partnership Program with Botswana and Moldova and as member of the State’s Continuous Process Improvement team. He was mobilized for Operation Desert Shield/Storm and deployed twice for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mr. Moser graduated from Georgetown University at the Government Affairs Institute with a Graduate Certificate in Legislative Affairs, the Army’s Command and General Staff College, The U.S. State Department’s Foreign Affairs Training Academy, and the Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management for Foreign Military Cooperation. His military training includes the Armor Officer’s Basic and Career Courses, The Sniper Leader’s Course, and the Scout Platoon Leader’s Course.

For full contact information for Mr. Moser, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/contact-us/Moser.php or email him at mosers@ncmbc.us.

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The NCMBC is a component of the NC Community College System, headquartered at

Fayetteville Technical Community College (2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC, 28303).

New HUB Public-Private Partnership Provides Workforce Training for NC Contractors

New HUB Public-Private Partnership Provides Workforce Training for NC Contractors

The Office for Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) has announced the premiere of their NC Contractors College on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the campus of NC Central University. The HUB office has partnered with industry leaders from across the State to provide cutting-edge training for companies to help them prepare for success in the modern era of construction.
During this unique 12 week course sponsored by Turner Construction Company, Skanska USA, Lend Lease Project Management and Construction, Balfour Beatty Construction, North Carolina Central University, and SRS Construction Inc., business owners will increase their knowledge in the following areas: digital documentation, contracts, law and ethics, project management and productivity, public construction processes, marketing and business development, project scheduling, estimating, bidding, purchasing and LEED certification.

“We are very enthusiastic about teaming up with construction industry leaders for this innovative training program,” said Dennis English, Director of the HUB Office. “It is an excellent way for our HUB certified companies to stay competitive in today’s marketplace.”

In 2013, Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation that appropriated $150 million for repair and renovation projects on State owned buildings which has reignited North Carolina’s construction industry. Creating this sustainable training program will help fuel economic growth by facilitating an environment where small businesses can learn, expand industry capacity, and ultimately provide more competitive bids and pricing for the State.

Registration is open to certified HUB construction companies only. To participate, please fax the NC Contractor College Application to 919-807-2335 (tuition: $100). For more information, please contact Grover Burthey, Construction Coordinator, at 919-807-2330 or visit www.doa.nc.gov/hub.

2014 NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review – Call for Panelists and Open Registration

United States Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), North Carolina Military Foundation, University of North Carolina and the Institute for Defense and Business are pleased to host the 2014 North Carolina Federal Advanced Technologies Review at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on June 4-5, 2014.

The Federal Advanced Technologies Review will focus on the future advanced technology needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies within the state.

WHEN.  Review Social – June 4, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Review – June 5, 2014.  Registration begins at 7:15 am, Program 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

WHERE.  McKimmon Conference & Training Center, NC State University, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606

OBJECTIVE.  To establish a dialogue between industry, academia and government and to form partnerships to address the future needs of the federal government for advanced technologies in the following sectors:

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Tactical Energy Solutions
  • Ground/Air Vehicles and Robotics
  • Biotechnologies
  • Medical Technologies
  • Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Software & Cyber Security
  • Human/Social Sciences/Cultural & Behavioral Dynamics
  • C4ISR Hardware Systems

CALL FOR PANELISTS.  The call for panelists submission forms is now available.  Participating as a panel member provides your company/activity the opportunity to share your vision, show your expertise and the opportunity to demonstrate your innovative technology.  Nominate your company today by filling out the “Call for Panelists” form on the event webpage. Nominations will close April 30, 2014 and panelists will be notified no later than May 1, 2014.

REGISTRATION.   Registration is now available for attendees and exhibitors.

TO REGISTER, SUBMIT A CALL FOR PANELIST FORM OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

Over 550 Attendees Registered for Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event – Save your Space today!

The North Carolina Military Business Center and Fayetteville Technical Community College are pleased to co-host the 2014 Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event

Presented by:  Fort Bragg

Hosted by:

   

When. March 18, 2014

Where.  Embassy Suites Fayetteville/Fort Bragg, 4760 Lake Valley Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28303

Purpose. Fort Bragg requirements and contracting officials and small business representatives will provide an update on contract opportunities, current procedures for doing business with Fort Bragg commands and the US Army and challenges in federal contracting in a dynamic budget environment.  The purpose of the Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event is to provide a venue for Fort Bragg officials to inform NC businesses about:

  • Sources of requirements for goods and services at Fort Bragg
  • Currently contracted services, current prime contractors and duration of current service contracts (where applicable)
  • Known current and future requirements and trends in requirements for goods and services
  • Contracting processes and procedures and the budget and
    contracting environment

Following this event is the US Department of the Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic Small Business Outerach Event (1330-1730), offering a venue for North Carolina small business to inform SPAWAR Contractors about their capabilities for future inclusion on their teams as they bid on work at the SPAWAR System Center Atlantic in Charleston, South Carolina., visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/SPAWARSystemsCenterOutreachEvent.php.

To review the agenda or to register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2014FortBraggSmallBusinessOutreachEvent.php

 

Registration.  This is a free event; however, registration is required.

Recent NC Award

Ameresco, Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0016), Framingham, Mass.; Chevron Energy Solutions Co. (W912DY-14-D-0017), San Francisco, Calif.; Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0018), Baltimore, Md.; *Distributed Sun, LLC (W912DY-14-D-0019) Washington, D.C.; *Energy Ventures, LLC (W912DY-14-D-0020), Rockville, Md.; First Solar Development, Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0021) San Francisco, Calif.; *FLS Energy (W912DY-14-D-0022), Asheville, N.C.; Linc Government Services, LLC (W912DY-14-D-0023), Hopkinsville, Ky.; RE Independence Co. LLC (W912DY-14-D-0024) San Francisco, Calif.; *Sun Edison Government Solutions, LLC (W912DY-14-D-0025), Beltsville, Md.; Sun Edison LLC (W912DY-14-D-0026), Beltsville, Md.; SunWize Technologies, Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0027), San Jose, Cal.; *TransGen Energy, Inc. W912DY-14-D-0028) Rockville, Md.; Victory Renewables, LLC: W912DY-14-D-0029), Juno Beach, Fla.; EDF Renewable Energy (W912DY-14-D-0030), San Diego, Calif. were awarded a maximum $7,000,000,000 firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for solar technology.  Funding and performance location will be determined with each order.  Estimated completion date is Feb. 12, 2024.  Bids were solicited via the internet with 114 received.  Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala. is the contracting activity.

Nominations for SAME Construction Camp

The Ft Bragg SAME Post is requesting nominees to attend Construction Camp this summer.  There are three available camps:  the Army Camp at Vicksburg, VA, Jun 22-28; the Marine Corps Camp at Camp Lejeune, NC, Jun 22-28; and the Air Force Camp at the Air Force Academy, CO, Jun 26-Jul 2.  The camps include a week of hands-on engineering activities along with social and fun events.

Deadline to apply for sponsorship by the Ft Bragg Post is 28 Mar 2014 (to jani.mccreary@gmail.com, Subject Line:  SAME Camp Application).  If selected, the Ft Bragg Post will pay for the student’s airfare and tuition.  The student is responsible for the $290 registration fee.

Eligibility:
– Student must be US Citizen, at least 15 years old at time of camp
– Completed Freshman year of High School and currently enrolled in High School
– 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
– Intends to pursue college degree in engineering, architecture, or a related subject
– Solid character; physically fit

Application Info for Each Camp:

http://samecamps.org/?page_id=9

Submit required forms NLT midnight, 28 Mar to me via email:  jani.mccreary@gmail.com, Subject Line: SAME Camp Application

Contact:
Jani McCreary, P.E., F.SAME
Ft Bragg Post Construction Camp Coordinator

jani.mccreary@gmail.com

Recent NC Award

Combat Medical Systems LLC*,  Fayetteville, N.C. (Cumberland County), has been awarded a maximum $36,396,530 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for various medical and surgical surge, re-supply, and sustainment materials.  This contract is a competitive acquisition, and four offers were received.  This is a one-year base contract with nine one-year option year periods.  Location of performance is North Carolina with a Feb. 17, 2015 performance completion date.  Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 war-stopper funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPE2D0-14-D-0001).

Camp Lejeune & Cherry Point Small Business Outreach Events

The North Carolina Military Business Center, Coastal Carolina Community College, and Craven Community College are pleased to host the fifth annual Camp Lejeune & Cherry Point Small Business Outreach Events:

“Marketing to the Federal Government: The Keys to Success”

2013 is behind us but it’s not back to business as usual.  What are the best practices now for success in doing business with the Federal Government?

Small Business and Acquisition Representatives from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point will provide an update on current procedures and contract opportunities with the Marine Corps and United States Navy, highlighting what it takes to be successful.

Come, listen, and ask questions!

When.  March 25 & 26, 2014

For more information on dates, times, venue, program and to register for FREE.  Visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/SBOutreachEvents14.php.

2014 Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event

Over 350 people have already registered, save your spot today!

2014 Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event

When. March 18, 2014

Where.  Embassy Suites Fayetteville/Fort Bragg
4760 Lake Valley Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28303

Purpose. Fort Bragg requirements and contracting officials and small business representatives will provide an update on contract opportunities, current procedures for doing business with Fort Bragg commands and the US Army and challenges in federal contracting in a dynamic budget environment.  The purpose of the Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event is to provide a venue for Fort Bragg officials to inform NC businesses about:

  • Sources of requirements for goods and services at Fort Bragg
  • Currently contracted services, current prime contractors and duration of current service contracts (where applicable)
  • Known current and future requirements and trends in requirements for goods and services
  • Contracting processes and procedures and the budget and
  • contracting environment

Registration.  This is a free event; however, registration is required.  Registration is available online.

For more information, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2014FortBraggSmallBusinessOutreachEvent.php

Defense Contractor Academy – Cary, NC Mar 12-14

When. March 12 – 14, 2014 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Where.   Western Wake Tech Community College

Room 118

3434 Kildaire Farm Road

Cary, NC 27518

Purpose.  The Defense Contractor Academy will offer advanced instruction and a certificate of completion to existing, small business defense contractors to provide the tools needed to grow the defense contracting portion of their business portfolio.  A series of classes will be offered beginning on March 12, 2014 and ending March 14, 2014.  Each Academy day will include presentation of material and either a panel or guest business(es) to discuss their experiences regarding the topic of the session.  If your company is interested in a panel member or a guest business, please email smedickc@ncmbc.us.

Previous Participant Testimonials.

There is no greater agency [NCMBC] that focuses on the opportunities to provide a multitude of service to our armed forces.  The people at NCMBC are always eager to assist anyone that wants to learn about what’s out there for their services and to expand their market share. The academies are always informative and will leave you with a better appreciation of what this agency and its people are trying to accomplish. It’s well worth the ‘adventure’ to attend any of these activities and you’ll learn something new every time. Don’t pass any opportunity to attend. If you don’t go, someone else will,” Jim Brylski, DOT Advisor, Raleigh, NC.

Words can not explain what the week with Defense Contractor Academy was like. It was a wealth of information that you and your company can use for years to come. With that our Company has begin to work with varies contractors on some Government Projects. Hats off to Ms. Smedick and all who participated in educating us of such great opportunity” Corine Thomas, Stinson Trucking, Charlotte, NC.

As a marketing manager, some of my main objectives are to generate opportunities and support our sales team. The knowledge I gained at the Defense Contractor Academy opened new avenues and helped me formulate successful strategies to maximize our small business classification. Overall, the instructors were engaging and the information was presented in a way that was easy to understand. And the way some of the government info is written, that is no easy task. I would highly recommend it for any marketing professional who sells directly or indirectly to the government,” Geoff Jones, BTC Electronic Components, Wake Forest, NC.

I attended the Defense Contractors Academy, March 2012. I found that the class was filled with information to help me better understand how to grow in this industry. The agenda covered many gray areas that helped to promote my organization to it’s fullest. The instructors and the guest that held the classes taught with simplicity and gave a detailed view of there expertise. Networking in the classroom expanded the potential client and contacts resources. I would suggest to anyone that is looking to tap into Government contracts, to get involved with this program. You will be astonished at the opportunities that are available,” Teri Wilson, BALANCE Environmental, Charlotte, NC.

Registration, Curriuculm.   To register for the Academy, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/DCA_Cary_14.php

Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans Job Seeker Workshop

Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans Job Seeker Workshop

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WTB Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) Building 4-2133, Normandy Drive, Ft. Bragg, NC

Agenda
9:30 a.m. Arrival and Informal Networking
10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
10:10 a.m. The Job Search: How to Find the Jobs
10:40 a.m. Marketing Yourself with the Cover Letter
11:10 a.m. Marketing Yourself with the Resume 11:40 a.m. The Interview: Making a Good Impression
12:10 a.m. The Follow-Up
12:40 p.m. Morning Wrap-Up and Afternoon Instructions
1:30 p.m. One-on-One Job Coaching / Job Seekers Workbook Review
3:00 p.m. Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

Lunch – Provided by Olive Garden McPherson Church Road and Wounded Warrior Project

Each attendee will receive the Enable America Job Seeker’s Workbook. Must be registered to attend. Register at http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1394638-o5VVXAMB8V . For more information contact Sandy Moonert @ Sandra.Moonert@EnableAmeriac.org, 919-345-9933.
Enable America is a national non-profit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to creating employment opportunities for wounded warriors, disabled veterans and people with disabilities.

Save your Space! Food 4 the Forces Event

Food & Fuel 4 the Forces, the North Carolina Eastern Region and the North Carolina Military Business Center are pleased to host the “Food 4 the Forces” event in New Bern, North Carolina on March 5, 2014.

 

When. March 5, 2014

Where.  New Bern Convention Center

203 S. Front Street, New Bern, NC 28560

Purpose. The Food 4 the Forces event is a statewide, business development opportunity that will connect NC growers and food producers with military buyers, and educate NC producers on Department of Defense (DoD) food acquisition processes.   The event is intended to promote business connections between food producers and the military procurement system.  Specific goals include promoting opportunities for NC producers to supply:

  • fresh and prepared products at DoD Commissaries (grocery stores) nationally
  • foodstuffs for troop dining facilities at bases in NC and neighboring states
  • prepared foods for sale at recreation and military exchange (retail) facilities
  • foodstuffs to contractors who provide tactical rations to DoD

The event will bring local food producers, processors and suppliers together with the military food service, on-base retail food providers and their primary vendors.  It will serve to highlight existing successes as well as promote additional opportunities for the provision of local food products to North Carolina’s military bases.

To review the agenda or to register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/Food4theForces.php.

NOMINATE YOUR COMPANY! NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review

NOMINATE YOUR COMPANY!  NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review

United States Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), the North Carolina Military Foundation, University of North Carolina and the Institute for Defense and Business are pleased to host the 2014 North Carolina Federal Advanced Technologies Review at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on June 4-5, 2014.

The Federal Advanced Technologies Review  will focus on the future advanced technology needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies within the state.

Objective.
To establish a dialogue between industry, academia and government and form partnerships to address the future needs of the federal government to meet technology challenges ahead.

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Tactical Energy Solutions
  • Ground/Air Vehicles and Robotics
  • Biotechnologies
  • Medical Technologies
  • Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Software & Cyber Security
  • Human/Social Sciences/Cultural & Behavioral Dynamics
  • C4ISR Hardware Systems

The “Call for Panelists” is now out for the NC Federal Advanced Technologies Review – nominate your organization today!  Participating as a panel member provides your company/agency the opportunity to share your vision, show your expertise and the opportunity to demonstrate your innovative technology.  Nominate your company today by filling out the “Call for Panelists” form on the event webpage.  To nominate your company, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php.

Registration.  Registration for attendees and exhibitors will open on March 1, 2014.

Sponsorship.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.  To review event sponsorship opportunities, please visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14NCFATS.php

Brasfield & Gorrie Seeking NC Subcontractors for MCAS Cherry Point Project

About Brasfield & Gorrie.  Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the largest privately held construction firms in the nation.  Brasfield & Gorrie’s mission is to build with integrity while exceeding the expectations of their clients, business partners, employees, and communities.  The company founders established a reputation for unwavering quality and integrity, and those values remain the bedrock of the company’s business philosophy today.  Because safety is Brasfield Gorrie’s top priority, it is also their top corporate value. Brasfield & Gorrie strives to be the safest general contractor in every market they serve, and are committed to ensuring the safety of their employees, clients, and associates. Brasfield & Gorrie’s “THINK Zero!” safety initiative reflects their goal of zero incidents on all of their projects.

SUBCONTRACTOR MEETING

Brasfield & Gorrie will hold a subcontractor meeting to support the design/build federal construction project for Marine Air Support at MCAS Cherry Point, NC.

When. Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 10:00 am – Noon

*The meeting will be a “meet and greet” atmosphere, attendance for all two hours is not necessary

Where.  Havelock Tourist & Event Center

201 Tourist Center Drive

Havelock, NC 28532

Project.  Marine Air Support Squadron Complex at MCAS Cherry Point, NC

Project Value.  $26 million

Brasfield & Gorrie is the awarded general contractor on this project and are seeking subcontractors.  Project information and drawings will be available at the event.

DIVISIONS
Division 1 – General Requirements Division 9 – Finishes
Division 2 – Site Construction Division 10 – Specialists
Division 3 – Concrete Division 11 – Equipment
Division 4 – Masonry Division 12 – Furnishes
Division 5 – Metals Division 13 – Special Construction
Division 6 – Woods & Plastics Division 14 – Conveying Systems
Division 7 – Thermal and Moisture Division 15 – Mechanical
Division 8 – Doors and Windows Division 16 – Electrical

 

Registration.  This is a free event, registration is requested.

For more information or to register visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/subcontracting-opportunities/BrasfieldGorrie.php

NCDBA “CLIMB” Series

The North Carolina Defense Business Association (NCDBA) will host a series of CLIMB (Connecting Leaders in Military Business) to bring together individuals to engage in professional development sessions to increase knowledge and understanding to gain success in the defense industry

Where.  NCDBA Office
455 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301

CLIMB Series Topics Include:

February Session – February 19 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm:

  • Resources, Prospecting, Proposals – How do I navigate through the maze to win contracts?
  • Facilitator: Scott Dorney, Director – NC Military Business Center

March Session – March 19 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm:

  • Business Development and Capture Management – What are the ingredients for the secret sauce?
  • Facilitator: David Christ, Assistant Director of Small Business Programs Army Research Office

April Session – April 16 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm:

  • Hallelujah we have a federal budget! How does my company benefit?
  • Facilitator: Jim McLean, President – Araxid

May Session – May 21- 11:00 am – 1:00 pm:

  • Got Success? Sharing best practices for success in the defense industry.
  • Facilitator: TBA

    Participants at the CLIMB event can expect:

  • Opportunities to share ideas on best business practices
  • Learn up-to-date information from business experts on defense related topics
  • Intimate networking focused on Business Developers and Capture Managers
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Sessions will be held in February, March, April, May
  • Boxed lunch provided
  • Each session will be facilitated by an industry expert
  • NCDBA Members Only
  • Each session is limited to 20 participants

Contact. Melissa Costello
North Carolina Defense Business Association
910-307-3059

Registration. To register for one or all of these sessions, please visit: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=y644jvdab&oeidk=a07e8u3j1w4c82143f3&condition=SO_OVERRIDE.

 

Announcing: Food 4 the Forces Event

Food & Fuel 4 the Forces, the North Carolina Eastern Region and the North Carolina Military Business Center are pleased to host the “Food 4 the Forces” event in New Bern, North Carolina on March 5, 2014.

 

When. March 5, 2014

Where.  New Bern Convention Center

203 S. Front Street, New Bern, NC 28560

Purpose. The Food 4 the Forces event is a statewide, business development opportunity that will connect NC growers and food producers with military buyers, and educate NC producers on Department of Defense (DoD) food acquisition processes.   The event is intended to promote business connections between food producers and the military procurement system.  Specific goals include promoting opportunities for NC producers to supply:

  • fresh and prepared products at DoD Commissaries (grocery stores) nationally
  • foodstuffs for troop dining facilities at bases in NC and neighboring states
  • prepared foods for sale at recreation and military exchange (retail) facilities
  • foodstuffs to contractors who provide tactical rations to DoD

The event will bring local food producers, processors and suppliers together with the military food service, on-base retail food providers and their primary vendors.  It will serve to highlight existing successes as well as promote additional opportunities for the provision of local food products to North Carolina’s military bases.

To review the agenda or to register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/Food4theForces.php.

Recent NC Award

Isometrics, Inc., Reidsville, N.C. (Rockingham County), has been awarded a $7,100,835 indefinite-delivery, requirements contract for the design and production of A/S32 R-11 aircraft refueling/defueling/hydrant servicing trucks.  Work will be performed at Reidsville, N.C., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2015.  This award is the result of a competitive acquisition, small business set-aside, and three offers were received.  No funds are being obligated at time of award.  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WNKBBB, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8533-14-D-0001).

Doing Business with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

Doing Business with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

When.  Feb 11-13, 2014

Where.  East Carolina University, 300 E. First Street, Willis Building Auditorium, Greenville, NC

Workshop Description
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) buyers are now using new processes and systems to support the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point. Suppliers doing business or interested in doing business with DLA will be required to be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS), and Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF). The workshop will guide suppliers through registrations, new processes, and demonstrate how vendors can find new business opportunities with DLA.

Join us for a workshop that will provide you with
information on:

  • Getting Set-Up for Federal Contracting
  • Doing Business with DLA
  • Navigating the DIBBS system and Locating Business
  • Opportunities with DLA
  • Wide Area Work Flow Information

REGISTRATION
Each session is free to attend,
but registration is required.

Register online for a session at:
www2.sbtdc.org/register

Register by phone at:
(252) 737-1385

CONTACT INFORMATION
Melissa Faircloth
(252) 737-1385
ecu@sbtdc.org

2014 Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event

2014 Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event

When. March 18, 2014

Where.  Embassy Suites Fayetteville/Fort Bragg
4760 Lake Valley Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28303

Purpose. Fort Bragg requirements and contracting officials and small business representatives will provide an update on contract opportunities, current procedures for doing business with Fort Bragg commands and the US Army and challenges in federal contracting in a dynamic budget environment.  The purpose of the Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event is to provide a venue for Fort Bragg officials to inform NC businesses about:

  • Sources of requirements for goods and services at Fort Bragg
  • Currently contracted services, current prime contractors and duration of current service contracts (where applicable)
  • Known current and future requirements and trends in requirements for goods and services
  • Contracting processes and procedures and the budget and
  • contracting environment

Registration.  This is a free event; however, registration is required.  Registration is available online.

For more information, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2014FortBraggSmallBusinessOutreachEvent.php

OFCCP Final Rules Webinars

OFCCP FINAL RULES WEBINAR PRESENTED BY:
Ellen Shong & Associates and Smith Anderson

OFCCP FINAL VETS AND REHAB RULES COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST
A live webinar presented by Christopher Northup, Ellen Shong & Associates
and Kimberly J. Korando, Smith Anderson

PART I:
Compliance Timeline, Narrative Obligations and Outreach Requirements

January 28, 2014  |  12:00 – 1:00 PM

Click Here to Register

Covered federal contractors should be moving forward with their compliance efforts in light of the fast approaching March 24, 2014 deadline. Part I of this two-part webinar will begin with an overview of the compliance timeline and calculation of the flexible subpart C deadline, offer practical compliance tips for the March 24, 2014 obligations and wrap up with details about the changes that contractors will need to make to their AAP narrative and outreach efforts. Contractors who would like a review of what actions are required and when they must be in place would benefit from this session.

PART II:
Benchmarks and Goals, Data Collection and Annual Analyses

January 29, 2014  |  12:00 – 1:00 PM

Click Here to Register

Part II of this two-part webinar will cover the more technical data requirements imposed by the final rules, including the content and timing of invitations to self-identify disabilities and veteran status, the new vets hiring benchmark and disabilities utilization goal, data collection and the annual assessments. Practical compliance tips, issues to watch and risk management best practices will also be covered. This session is designed for individuals who have a general understanding on the basics of the new rules.

Defense Contractor Academy – Cary, NC

When. March 12 – 14, 2014 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Where.   Western Wake Tech Community College

Room 118

3434 Kildaire Farm Road

Cary, NC 27518

Purpose.  The Defense Contractor Academy will offer advanced instruction and a certificate of completion to existing, small business defense contractors to provide the tools needed to grow the defense contracting portion of their business portfolio.  A series of classes will be offered beginning on March 12, 2014 and ending March 14, 2014.  Each Academy day will include presentation of material and either a panel or guest business(es) to discuss their experiences regarding the topic of the session.  If your company is interested in a panel member or a guest business, please email smedickc@ncmbc.us.

Previous Participant Testimonials.

There is no greater agency [NCMBC] that focuses on the opportunities to provide a multitude of service to our armed forces.  The people at NCMBC are always eager to assist anyone that wants to learn about what’s out there for their services and to expand their market share. The academies are always informative and will leave you with a better appreciation of what this agency and its people are trying to accomplish. It’s well worth the ‘adventure’ to attend any of these activities and you’ll learn something new every time. Don’t pass any opportunity to attend. If you don’t go, someone else will,” Jim Brylski, DOT Advisor, Raleigh, NC.

Words can not explain what the week with Defense Contractor Academy was like. It was a wealth of information that you and your company can use for years to come. With that our Company has begin to work with varies contractors on some Government Projects. Hats off to Ms. Smedick and all who participated in educating us of such great opportunity” Corine Thomas, Stinson Trucking, Charlotte, NC.

As a marketing manager, some of my main objectives are to generate opportunities and support our sales team. The knowledge I gained at the Defense Contractor Academy opened new avenues and helped me formulate successful strategies to maximize our small business classification. Overall, the instructors were engaging and the information was presented in a way that was easy to understand. And the way some of the government info is written, that is no easy task. I would highly recommend it for any marketing professional who sells directly or indirectly to the government,” Geoff Jones, BTC Electronic Components, Wake Forest, NC.

I attended the Defense Contractors Academy, March 2012. I found that the class was filled with information to help me better understand how to grow in this industry. The agenda covered many gray areas that helped to promote my organization to it’s fullest. The instructors and the guest that held the classes taught with simplicity and gave a detailed view of there expertise. Networking in the classroom expanded the potential client and contacts resources. I would suggest to anyone that is looking to tap into Government contracts, to get involved with this program. You will be astonished at the opportunities that are available,” Teri Wilson, BALANCE Environmental, Charlotte, NC.

Registration, Curriuculm.   To register for the Academy, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/DCA_Cary_14.php

Innovation Fund Accepting Applications

Entrepreneurs must submit an online application to be considered for Innovation Fund North Carolina funding.

Applications are accepted on a four-month cycle as described below. Applications must be completed in their entirety, including required financial data in a specific format.

Applications Accepted: January 1

Application Deadline:  February 7

Awards Day:  April 23

* Applications will be accepted until February 7, 2014, after which the most qualified applications will proceed on to the next round of the competition.

The Decision Process

So what happens after you submit your application?

Administrative Review. All applications will be reviewed for completion and to confirm the applicant meets the residency, industry sector, size and stage requirements. Basically, the review helps to confirm the applicant fits the intent of Innovation Fund North Carolina.

Screening Process. All applicants meeting basic eligibility will be part of a screening process conducted by a committee of technology experts, serial entrepreneurs and business professionals with experience in growing a company. Applicants will be invited to present (usually using PowerPoint) to this screening committee with a 15 minute pitch followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers. Since funding is limited, the screening committee must select, based on a scoring system, the most promising opportunities to move forward to a decision review panel.

Decision Process. Applicants invited to move forward from the screening processing are invited to present to a decision making committee again comprised of leaders with significant private sector experience. Applicants make a final 15 minute pitch (usually using PowerPoint) followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers by the panel. Applicants are coached to use the same format of presentation as used at the screening level, but highly encouraged to modify based on feedback from the screening committee, including adding updated or missing information. Based on available funding, this committee will make funding decisions and level recommendations, which may include contingencies.

Awards Process. Those selected for funding will be invited to an orientation session to review fund agreements, distribution process, educational experience requirements, etc. and an invitation to attend the Innovation Fund North Carolina Award Ceremony.

It’s All About Education!

Education is the cornerstone of Innovation Fund North Carolina. Entrepreneurs who apply for funding are given access to tools, techniques, and personalized process knowledge, which makes them more adept at launching and growing their businesses. Innovation Fund North Carolina will ensure that all applicants have access to mentors who will coach entrepreneurs through the application process and who also will help hone the applicant’s business model and skills.  Even entrepreneurs who are denied funding at the first stage of the application process are offered suggestions for how to refine and improve their business idea. Additionally, applicants are actively encouraged to refine their business models and re-apply to the program if they are initially turned down for funding.

While supporting Innovation Fund North Carolina applicants and recipients with just-in-time education through direct mentoring and support, the education commitment of Innovation Fund North Carolina reaches one step further. Every Innovation Fund North Carolina recipient is required to “pay it forward” and help grow the next generation of North Carolina entrepreneurs by taking on a student intern in entrepreneurship or through facilitated class projects.

For more information, visit the NC Innovation Fund website at: http://www.innovationfundamerica.org/northcarolina/Application-Process.aspx.

NC Military Business Center to Host Six Advanced Proposal Preparation and Development Workshops Statewide

NC Military Business Center to Host Six Advanced Proposal Preparation and Development Workshops Statewide

FAYETTEVILLE (JAN 9, 2014) – The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) will host six Advanced Proposal Preparation and Development Workshops throughout North Carolina during 2014.

·       February 24/25 – Charlotte, NC
·       February 27/28 – Cary, NC
·       July 14/15 – Greensboro, NC
·       July 17/18 – Fayetteville, NC
·       December 8/9 – Charlotte, NC
·       December 11/12 – Wilmington, NC

Part of the NCMBC’s advanced training curriculum, each workshop will consist of two days of lecture, discussion, extensive hands-on class exercises and homework.  These workshops will bring proposal development to life in a threat-free classroom environment.  Participants will become members of a capture and proposal development team competing for a federal government contract.

“Successful proposal preparation and development is vital to North Carolina companies in order to compete for and win federal contracts,” said Scott Dorney, NCMBC Executive Director.  “The NCMBC is pleased to bring this vital, hands-on training to current and prospective federal contractors.”

Participants in these workshops will build on prior experience to: engage customers, gather intelligence, conduct competitive analysis and develop a win strategy; make informed bid/no-bid decisions; develop a technical proposal response to a sample solicitation; develop a pricing estimate for a sample solicitation; present an oral presentation of their proposal; participate in a mock source selection – which ultimately will result in award of a “contract” to the winning team.

For more information on these trainings or to register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14AdvancedProposalWriting.php.

Innovation Fund North Carolina awards $300,000 to 8 businesses

The North Carolina Innovation Fund completed it’s first cycle of awards.  Eight businesses were awarded $300,000.00.

To review the companies who received these awards, click here.

If you are an entrepreneur, or someone who works with and/or invests in start-ups, the NC Innovation Fund hopes you will forward this information and encourage application.

The Cycle 2 application window is open until February 7.

Contact.

Lamar Mitchell
Operations Coordinator
Innovation Fund North Carolina
office: (828) 327-7000 x4709
mobile: (828) 302-2075 (mobile)
web: innovationfundamerica.org/northcarolina

Bonefish Grill Grand Opening Fundraising Benefit for USO of NC

Bonefish Grill Grand Opening Fundraising Benefit for USO of NC

When.  January 11, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Where. USO of North Carolina, Fort Bragg Center

Bonefish Grill cordially invites you to a sampling of our signature appetizers, market-fresh fish and wood-grilled specialties. Additional tastings include libations like specialty martinis, bar-fresh cocktails, craft beers and adventurous wines.

All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the USO of North Carolina, Fort Bragg Center.

For more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bonefish-grill-grand-opening-fundraising-benefit-for-uso-of-nc-tickets-8568766411.

 

STEM Day 2013: Company Participation Needed

STEM Day: June 23, 2014
Concord/Charlotte

North Carolina New Schools’ vision for STEM education includes providing relevant experiences for students across North Carolina. To accomplish this vision, teachers of all content areas need to know what real problems professionals in the field are facing and how they are meeting those challenges. North Carolina New Schools has created STEM Day to allow teachers and principals within the STEM school network to develop a deeper understanding of their school themes, learn about current research, and participate in exploratory activities with STEM professionals.

Field Experience Description:

Groups of teachers and principals will have approximately 4 to 4 ½ hours at each host site including time for lunch. These experiences should be designed with the following considerations in mind:
• Include how the engineering design process is used in your work.
• As much as possible, minimize lecture-based presentations and provide opportunities for participants to learn by doing.
• Recognize that the audience will include educators from all fields, not just science or math.
• Avoid activities that are related to unskilled labor or executive level strategy.
• Provide opportunities for educators to hear from professionals what were the most important skills from their education that prepared them for their work and what were the most significant gaps in their preparation.

Sample STEM Day Teacher Schedule:
Registration and breakfast (at hotel) 8:30 a.m.
Board buses 9:30 a.m.
Arrive at partner site 10:00 a.m.
Lunch at partner site 12:00 p.m.
Leave partner site 2:00 p.m.
Group debrief (at hotel) 3:00 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Company Planning Timeline:
• December – Submit application by December 18
• February – Attend STEM Day Training Session
• March – Finalize STEM Day Activity Plan
• March – Teachers begin selection process
• May – Finalize Teacher Assignments
• May – Coordinate final details

If you or your company are interested in participating in the 2014 STEM Day in Charlotte, please contact Darrell Kain at P (919) 277-9000  C (919) 521-7006 or dkain@ncnewschools.org.

Advanced Proposal Preparation and Development Workshops

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is pleased to host six Advanced Proposal Preparation and Development Workshops throughout North Carolina during the calendar year 2014.

ABOUT THE TRAINING.   Each workshop session will consist of two days of lecture, discussion, extensive hands-on class exercises and homework.

This training, provided by Stover & Associates, Inc., will bring Proposal Development to life in a threat-free classroom environment.  Participants will become members of a Capture and Proposal Development Team competing for a Federal Government contract.

Participants will build on prior experience to:

Engage customers, gather intelligence, conduct competitive analysis and develop a win strategy
Make informed bid/no-bid decisions
Develop a technical proposal response to a sample solicitation
Develop a pricing estimate for a sample solicitation
Present an oral presentation of their proposal
Participate in a mock source selection – ultimately awarding a “contract” to the winning team.

 

Participants should arrive expecting to work hard, learn by doing and have a little fun along the way.

Upon completion of this workshop students will be able to:

Describe methods of engaging customers
Gather relevant intelligence about customers and competitors to develop a winning solution
Develop the technical volume of proposals in response to Federal Government soliciations
Develop themes using a “features and benefits” approach that separates their proposal from the competition
Develop competitive pricing strategies and cost proposals in response to the marketplace environment and Federal Government solicitations
Write specific sections of a proposal relating to capture management, technical requirements and pricing using proposal instructions and evaluation factors

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Attendees must have working knowledge and experience with basic acquisition processes, federal government solicitations, basics of technical and price proposal preparation, federal source selection processes and applicable Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Attendees must have working knowledge and experience with basic acquisition processes, federal government solicitations, basics of technical and price proposal preparation, federal source selection processes and applicable Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).

For dates, locations and registration information, please visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/14AdvancedProposalWriting.php.  Have a great day!

Request for Proposals: Staffing Services

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), on December 2, has issued a request for proposals for staffing services.  A copy of the RFP and other materials is available online at www.ncmbc.us.

NC Military Business Center Welcomes Madison (Toone) Sanderford to the Team!

NC Military Business Center Appoints Madison (Toone) Sanderford to Provide Business Development Services to North Carolina Companies

JACKSONVILLE (DEC 4, 2013) – The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Madison (Toone) Sanderford as a Military Coordinator, Business Development Specialist.  Serving businesses statewide (from Coastal Carolina Community College), Ms. Sanderford will identify contract opportunities, source them to businesses across the state and provide one-on-one assistance to help businesses compete for, win and grow jobs through federal contracts.

“The business development teams are the heart of the NCMBC,” said Scott Dorney, NCMBC Executive Director.  “Madison will leverage her experience within the Marine Corps and industry to assist businesses in winning and successfully executing federal contracts.”

As a member of the NCMBC’s eastern business development team, Ms. Sanderford will identify future and current federal prime and subcontracting opportunities, identify and notify companies of these opportunities and provide one-on-one assistance to help companies bid on and win contracts.  Ms. Sanderford will focus on contract opportunities at Camp Lejeune, Camp Geiger, Camp Johnson, MCAS New River and within the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Office in Charge of Construction Marine Corps Installations East (OICC MCIEast), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, Camp Lejeune Public Works, Marine Special Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), MCCS Camp Lejeune and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Camp Lejeune.

Ms. Sanderford will also provide training and counseling services in federal contracting to businesses in six counties of eastern North Carolina, including Brunswick, Duplin, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow & Pender.

Ms. Sanderford received her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina (USC), with a double major in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing.  Currently, Ms. Sanderford is in pursuit of her Master of Business Administration at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.

For full contact information for Ms. Sanderford, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/contact-us/NCMBC_Staff.php or email her at toonem@coastalcarolina.edu.

The Hosiery Association Announces It Is To Close

The Hosiery Association Announces It Is To Close

CHARLOTTE — November 13, 2013 — The Hosiery Association has issued a letter announcing it will close its doors at the end of the year. The letter is reproduced below:

It is with mixed emotions that we share with you that The Hosiery Association’s (THA) Board of Directors has voted to dissolve this 108 year-old organization effective December 31, 2013.  Economic volatility and increased globalization of the hosiery industry has caused consolidation within the membership. Additionally, the membership demographics have changed. Some companies have diversified the types of products they sell (both hosiery/non-hosiery). Most companies have fewer employees and time for active involvement in association activities has become more challenging. The requested needs and services within the current membership have become decentralized.

All of these factors have caused a steep decline in THA’s membership over the last several years resulting in a drop in revenue that has left the Association unable to sustain itself.   While the decision was a hard one to make, we believe it is the right one given the circumstances.   Change is not always easy, but it does often provide new opportunities.

Many of you know that THA has been in talks with The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) regarding opportunities for AAFA to serve THA’s membership in the future.  As a result of our talks with them, AAFA is forming a Legwear Committee and has invited all current THA member companies to become AAFA members.

The ownership and management of THA’s sock/sheer sizing forms will be transferred to The Hosiery Technology Center (HTC), now known as the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) effective December 1, 2013. The MSC has long been a champion for the hosiery industry and a valuable partner to THA.  The MSC played a vital role in developing the sizing form programs and we are pleased that it will continue this service which is invaluable to the hosiery industry worldwide.

Lastly,  we’d like to thank you for your years of interest and support of THA and wish you the best of luck.

Kind regards,

Rich Stober, Chairman, THA
and Sally Kay, President, THA

Posted November 19, 2013

Source: The Hosiery Association

Announcing NCMBC’s 2014 Event Schedule

Announcing NCMBC’s 2014 Major Event Schedule.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for major Summit’s and Symposia.  For more information visit www.ncmbc.us, under the Updates & Announcements section.

February 2014

February 24-25, 2014 – Advanced Proposal Writing Training, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC

Registration opening:  December 1, 2013.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

February 27-28, 2014 – Advanced Proposal Writing Training, Western Wake Tech Community College (Rotunda), Cary, NC

Registration opening:  December 1, 2013.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

March 2014

March 12-14, 2014 – Defense Contractor Academy –Western Wake Tech Campus, Cary, NC

Registration opening:  December 15, 2013.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

March 18, 2014 (tentative) – Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event, Embassy Suites, Fayetteville, NC

Registration Coming Soon.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

March 18, 2014 (tentative) – SPAWAR Small Business Outreach Event – following FBSBOE, Embassy Suites, Fayetteville, NC

Registration Coming Soon.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

March 25, 2014 (tentative) – Camp Lejeune Small Business Outreach Event, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville, NC

Registration Coming Soon.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

March 26, 2014 (tentative) – Cherry Point Small Business Outreach Event, Craven Community College, New Bern, NC

Registration Coming Soon.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

April 2014

April 10, 2014 (tentative) – RESET Roundtable, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

Registration opening:  January 13, 2014.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

June 2014

June 4-5, 2014 – NC Federal Advanced Technologies Symposium, McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC

Registration opening:  January 20, 2014.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

July 2014

July 14-15, 2014 – Advanced Proposal Writing Training, Naussbaum Center, Greensboro, NC

Registration opening:  December 1, 2013.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

July 17-18, 2014 – Advanced Proposal Writing Training, Fayetteville Technical Community College (i3D room), Fayetteville, NC

Registration opening:  December 1, 2013.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

August 2014

August 5, 2014 – 13th Annual North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Trade Show, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC

Registration opening:  March 1, 2014.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

Accepting exhibitor inquiries to Courtney Smedick, smedickc@ncmbc.us starting January 13, 2014

 

August 7, 2014 – North Carolina Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (ASAM) Summit, Triad Area, North Carolina

Registration opening:  July 2, 2014.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

October 2014

October 15-16, 2014 – 2014 North Carolina Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental (FEDCON) Summit, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

Registration opening:  July 2, 2014.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

December 2014

December 2-4, 2014 – Defense Contractor Academy – Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC

Registration opening: September 1, 2014.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

December 8-9 – Advanced Proposal Writing Training, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC

Registration opening:  December 1, 2013.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

December 11-12 – Advanced Proposal Writing Training, Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC

Registration opening:  December 1, 2013.  Visit www.ncmbc.us.

 

USO Volunteers Needed: Meeting on Nov 19

The USO of NC Fort Bragg & Fayetteville Airport Centers will host an information fair, Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 2- 4:00 pm at the Spring Lake Family Resource Center, 103 Laketree Blvd, Spring Lake.  Anyone interested in volunteering with the USO of NC is invited to attend to learn more about our programs and services and how you can get involved with our local military community.   Refreshments will be served and each volunteer application received (18 years & older) will be entered into a prize drawing.  For more information, please contact Bev Jackson at bjackson@uso-nc.org<mailto:bjackson@uso-nc.org> or by calling 910-495-1437.

9th Annual Emerging Issues Forum: Teachers and the Great Economic Debate

9th Annual Emerging Issues Forum: Teachers and the Great Economic Debate

Without highly effective educators, North Carolina’s students will be unprepared for meaningful, well-paying careers, and our state runs the risk of operating without a globally competitive workforce.  If we fail to provide a viable talent pool, businesses will be forced to relocate, import talent from other states, or spend additional resources on training personnel. Join us February 10-11, 2014 at the Raleigh Convention Center as we identify opportunities to recruit, retain, and support world-class teachers for every classroom in North Carolina.

Learn More and register: http://iei.ncsu.edu/emerging-issues/teachers-great-economic-debate/

For more information, contact:

Diane Cherry
Environments Policy Manager
Institute for Emerging Issues
NCSU Centennial, Box 7406
Raleigh, NC  27695-7406

(919) 513-7072 (direct line)
(919) 608-5406 (cell)
(919) 513-7535 (fax)

U.S. Global Leadership: Impact on North Carolina

Governor Jim Hunt & Governor Jim Martin invite you to join them for a luncheon on:

U.S. Global Leadership: Impact on North Carolina

Featuring Admiral James Stavridis – Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Senator Kay Hagan – US Senator for North Carolina.

Special guests include Congresswoman Renee Ellmers.

Raleigh Marriott City Center
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina

Monday, November 25, 11:30 a.m.

There is no charge to attend the event. Registration is required. Questions? Contact Karl Beckstein at (202) 730-4154 or kbeckstein@usglc.org.

STEM Day 2014: Company Participation Needed

STEM Day: June 23, 2014
Concord/Charlotte

North Carolina New Schools’ vision for STEM education includes providing relevant experiences for students across North Carolina. To accomplish this vision, teachers of all content areas need to know what real problems professionals in the field are facing and how they are meeting those challenges. North Carolina New Schools has created STEM Day to allow teachers and principals within the STEM school network to develop a deeper understanding of their school themes, learn about current research, and participate in exploratory activities with STEM professionals.

Field Experience Description:

Groups of teachers and principals will have approximately 4 to 4 ½ hours at each host site including time for lunch. These experiences should be designed with the following considerations in mind:
• Include how the engineering design process is used in your work.
• As much as possible, minimize lecture-based presentations and provide opportunities for participants to learn by doing.
• Recognize that the audience will include educators from all fields, not just science or math.
• Avoid activities that are related to unskilled labor or executive level strategy.
• Provide opportunities for educators to hear from professionals what were the most important skills from their education that prepared them for their work and what were the most significant gaps in their preparation.

Sample STEM Day Teacher Schedule:
Registration and breakfast (at hotel) 8:30 a.m.
Board buses 9:30 a.m.
Arrive at partner site 10:00 a.m.
Lunch at partner site 12:00 p.m.
Leave partner site 2:00 p.m.
Group debrief (at hotel) 3:00 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Company Planning Timeline:
• December – Submit application by December 18
• February – Attend STEM Day Training Session
• March – Finalize STEM Day Activity Plan
• March – Teachers begin selection process
• May – Finalize Teacher Assignments
• May – Coordinate final details

If you or your company are interested in participating in the 2014 STEM Day in Charlotte, please contact Darrell Kain at P (919) 277-9000  C (919) 521-7006 or dkain@ncnewschools.org.

NC Foreign Trade Promotion Conference

North Carolina Foreign Trade Promotion Conference

November 13-14, 2013

Please join us for the first North Carolina Foreign Trade Promotion Conference at the new Cape Fear Community College Union Station Building in historic downtown Wilmington to connect your business to the world and learn about available resources.

Special Guests include:  NC Secretary of Commerce, Sharon Decker and Ambassador of Brazil, Mauro Vieria.

The Foreign Trade Promotion Council’s (FTPC) mission is to educate private businesses about the opportunities available to facilitate and promote international trade. As seen in the chart below, our goal is to bring all public and private resources together to make North Carolina a leader in international trade.

Resource Chart

To view the conference schedule or register, visit: http://mad.ly/64b614.

Recent Contract Award

Ultra Armoring LLC, Kings Mountain, N.C., is being awarded a $15,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the light capability rough terrain forklift (LCRTF) crew protection kit (CPK).  The LCRTF CPK shall provide a CPK for integration to increase survivability and provide protection in the event of small arms fire or improvised explosive Device attack.  The basic contract will be for four test assets, development costs, 100 production units, technical manuals, supply support and training.  The initial delivery order (0001) will be for six test assets, development costs, shipping of test assets, testing provisioning support and the technical manual development and procurement.  Work will be performed in Kings Mountain, N.C., and work is expected to be completed in November 2018.  No funds are being obligated on the base contract.  Fiscal 2013 research, development, testing and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,427,168 will be obligated on the delivery order, and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured through full and open competition via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with five proposals received.  Marine Corps System Command in Quantico, Va., is the procuring contracting activity (M67854-14-D-5024).

Business Spotlight: Graphite Connections, LLC.

graphite– a woman and veteran owned public relations firm

 

Who we are

 

Graphite Connections, a boutique public relations firm, delivers results.  We help our clients effectively connect with their target audiences and stakeholders to drive brand awareness and demand.  We offer numerous public relations packages designed with our customers in mind.

 

What we can do for you

 

For most of you, number one on your agenda is finding new clients and customers.  However, once you make contact, can you tell them easily and clearly why they need your product or services?  When they head to your website, do you clearly convey how you can help them and tell them how to contact you?  If you’re uncertain, Graphite Connections can help.  Marketing is about consistency and repetition.  We’ll work with you to identify what differentiates you from your competition and help you develop clear messages for your customers that explain why they need you.

 

How to find us

 

For a free consultation, call Jennifer White Gradnigo, Graphite Connections, at 571-432-6765 or email her at Jennifer@Graphite-Connections.com.  Visit our website at www.graphite-connections.com.  You can also find us on Facebook/graphiteconnections and Twitter @graphiteconnex.  We look forward to partnering with you!

Duke Energy – Career Mentoring Day For Wounded Warriors, Disabled Veterans and Persons with Disabilities

Career Mentoring Day For Wounded Warriors, Disabled Veterans and Persons with Disabilities

Duke Energy, Raleigh NC, November 20, 2013, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Career Mentoring Day is your opportunity to learn about career opportunities at the nation’s largest utility ……

Duke Energy is the nation’s largest utility delivering affordable, reliable and clean energy to approximately 7 million customers, both today and in the future. We have approximately 58,200 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. Our commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets. To learn about open positions, visit https://www.duke-energy.com/careers .

Spend a day with decision makers in a Fortune 500 company and explore careers in:
Register online @ http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1284785-o5VVXAMB8V

Finance/Accounting
Human Resources
Corporate Services -Facilities
IT & Telecom

For more information email Sandra.Moonert@EnableAmerica.org or call 919-345-9933. www.enableamerica.org

Lenovo Career Mentoring Day For Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans

Lenovo Career Mentoring Day For Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans

1009 Think Place, Morrisville, NC November 19, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Career Mentoring Day is your opportunity to learn about careers at a leading global technology company

Lenovo is a $21 billion personal technology company and the world’s second-largest PC vendor with more than 26,000 employees in more than 50 countries serving customers in more than 160 countries. A global Fortune 500 company, headquarters are located in Beijing, China and Morrisville, North Carolina; major research centers in Yokohama, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China and Morrisville; and manufacturing around the world from Greensboro, North Carolina and Monterrey, Mexico to India, China and Brazil. Attend Career Mentoring Day and learn about career opportunities at Lenovo http://www.lenovocareers.com/.
• Spend a day in a business setting to sharpen your job search skills
• Explore careers in areas such as Sales, Services, Software Development, Product Imaging and Testing, IT, and Procurement and Logistics
• Learn more about the skills necessary for your field of interest
• Shadow and network with decision makers at a leading corporation with more than 26,000 employees worldwide

Register online @ http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1284785-o5VVXAMB8V More information @ www.enableamerica.org or call 919-345-9933.
Email Sandra.Moonert@EnableAmerica.org

Military & Government Business Opportunities for the Beginner

Military & Government Business Opportunities for the Beginner

Your business can sell to federal government agencies including military installations, EPA, Agriculture, Coast Guard, VA and others. Attend and learn about government opportunities and services for businesses just like yours right here in North Carolina.

Date: November 6, 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 1-4 PM
Building T, Room 122
Presenter: Linn Owen
Cost: FREE
Southeastern Community College
4564 Chadbourn Hwy.
PO Box 151
Whiteville, NC 28472

To register, please contact: Brenda Orders (910) 642-7141, ext. 419 brenda.orders@sccnc.edu

Eaton Corporation – Career Mentoring Day For Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans

Career Mentoring Day For Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans – Eaton Corporation

Raleigh NC – November 5, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eaton Corporation,

Youngsville NC – November 12, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees worldwide and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

  • Spend the day with a global leader in power management with more than 103,000 employees worldwide.
  • Explore careers and learn about the skills in areas such as Customer Service, Marketing, Quality, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Engineering.
  • Network with employees in your field of interest and learn more about the skills necessary to help you on the road to success.

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For more information email Sandra.Moonert@EnableAmerica.org or call 919-345-9933. www.enableamerica.org

SAS – Career Mentoriing Day For Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans

Career Mentoriing Day For Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans SAS, Cary, NC

November 14, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Driven to solve customer business problems, privately-held SAS works closely with customers using advanced analytics to turn data about customers, performance, financials, and more, into meaningful information. More than 13,000 employees across more than 400 SAS offices provide local, hands-on support for customers whenever and wherever they need it. Customer loyalty, evidenced by long-standing SAS® user communities and a strong renewal history, echoes this customer partnership and our shared commitment to a successful future.
People & Skills: SAS’ most important asset is its “creative capital,” in the words of Chief Executive Officer Jim Goodnight. The technical and domain expertise of our employees helps SAS lead the way in high-performance analytics, empowering our customers to tackle complex problems using big data. For more information, visit www.sas.com.

Spend a day with a global leader solving business problems and explore career opportunities in:

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Software Development and Testing
  • Technical Customer Support
  • Procurement
  • Human Resources

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2013 Making Energy Work Conference

NC Sustainable Energy Association’s 2013 Making Energy Work Conference offers unprecedented access to the latest information, solutions and technologies driving the success of North Carolina’s renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses. Join hundreds of state and national clean energy leaders and embrace the chance to inspire strategies for continued growth.

When:
November 5-6, 2013

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Lodging:
Downtown Raleigh Marriott City Center Hotel

Reservation Link: Raleigh Marriott City Center >>

Why Attend:

  • Gain an up-to-date perspective on the state of the industry, policy developments, and emerging technologies.
  • Learn the keys to successfully design,finance, and build renewable energy projects.
  • Learn how energy efficiency can enhance business profitability.
  • Explore how to do business in North Carolina – and with whom.
  • Network with energy leaders,consumers, business prospects and many others
    Participate in interactive conference sessions and share best practices

Who Should Attend:

  • Electric Utilities and Independent Power Producers
  • Local, State and Federal Government Officials and Staff
  • Business Owners and their Employees
  • Consultants, Energy Advisory & Planning Agencies
  • Community College and University Researchers, Students and Educators
  • Commercial and Industrial Energy Customers
  • Clean Energy Site Owners and Managers
  • Manufacturers of Renewable Energy Systems
  • Clean Energy Architects, Engineers and Construction Representatives
  • Start-up Entrepreneurs
  • Bankers, InvestorsThank yo uto all

Thank you to all of our Making Energy Work 2013 annual conference sponsors and partners.  For a complete listing www.makingenergywork.org.

For more information, visit: http://energync.org/calendar/ncsea-events/2013/11/05/2013-making-energy-work/.

Recent Federal Contracts Awarded to NC Firms

Vetpride Services, Inc. of Fayetteville, NC (Cumberland County) was awarded a $736,200.00 contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs for Valet Parking & Shuttle Bus Service.  Contract Award Number:  VA256-14-C-0272.

FEDCON Summit: Teaming and Joint-Ventures

Senator Richard Burr and the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) are pleased to host the 2013 North Carolina Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental (FEDCON) Summit in Wilmington, North Carolina at the Wilmington Convention Center on October 16-17, 2013.

Website: http://www.ncmbc.us/2013NCFEDCON.php

WHEN. October 16-17, 2013

WHERE.
Wilmington Convention Center
515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

PURPOSE.
The “FEDCON Summit” brings together over 800 representatives of the Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, United States Coast Guard, Department of Veterans Affairs, GSA Public Buildings Service, other federal agencies and installations, general and specialty contractors, designers and construction suppliers in North Carolina.

Teaming and Joint-Ventures
A mixed panel of government, legal and business representatives will present and discuss varying perspectives on teaming relationships, including joint ventures. The discussion will focus on the importance of developing ironclad teaming agreements, the advantages and pitfalls of teaming relationships, limitations on subcontracting and the government perspective on various teaming relationships in the acquisition and execution of federal projects. Audience participation throughout the session is strongly encouraged.

WHY ATTEND THE FEDCON SUMMIT?
* The FEDCON Summit is the premier, best-established and most-recognized federal construction event in North Carolina – businesses who are already engaged or want to perform in the federal market need to be there!
* “Program and Issues Dialogues” address future projects, acquisition strategies, teaming opportunities, contractor experiences and other issues related to acquisition and execution of projects at military bases and facilities in NC and SC
* Other Summit sessions address critical and timely topics, including small business programs and utilization, budget impacts, contracting processes and pre-award, post-award and legal issues in federal construction and engineering
* Environmental infrastructure sessions provide info on federal opportunities in environmental engineering, remediation, energy, water, waste-water, solid waste and pollution abatement
* Summit “speed networking” sessions allow businesses to meet one-on-one and market themselves to every federal agency that buys construction and engineering services and products in NC and SC
* Summit networking and trade show activities allow businesses to market their services and products to over 700 general contractors, specialty contractors, engineers, architects and suppliers
* In addition to the Summit on October 17, networking opportunities with all FEDCON attendees include a pre-Summit social on October 16, riverside adjacent to the Wilmington Convention Center – a huge hit in 2011 & 2012!

SUMMIT PROGRAM.  The Summit program will focus on: new federal construction opportunities; sustainment, restoration and modernization (SRM) opportunities; energy-related construction opportunities; environmental infrastructure projects; and federal contracting processes in North Carolina.  The program will include presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions, a vendor expo and speed networking with:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command
US Army Corps of Engineers
Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard Installations
Department of Veterans Affairs and Other Federal Agencies
Major Construction Prime Contractors
North Carolina Companies
REGISTRATION.  To register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2013NCFEDCON.php

CONTACTS.
Program content:  Scott Dorney at dorneys@ncmbc.us
Registration, exhibiting, sponsorship, logistics:  Courtney Smedick at  smedickc@ncmbc.us
Payment questions:  Alexa Dennis at  dennisa@ncmbc.us
Golf Tournament:  Don Carmen at  dcarmen@sepiengineering.com

Agency by Agency Impact of the Shutdown

Agency by Agency Impact of the Shutdown.

This article was provided by an associate company. 

Below is the Agency by Agency impact of the Shutdown.

While some activities are affected more than others, it is significant to note that following items continue:

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines continue to work and get being paid (many DOD civilians are also at work).

Social Security Checks are going out on time.

Air Traffic is unimpeded.  (Planes are running on time)

Department of Agriculture
·      Meat and Poultry inspectors stay on the job for two days until their agency runs out of money derived from non-appropriated funds;
·      Firefighters within the Forest Service stay on the job;
·      Most nutrition programs would shut down;
·      Statistical reporting ends along with services to farmers.

Department of Commerce

·      National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): half of the agency will be furloughed, while the rest of the agency that works on tracking severe weather will work.

·      Patent and Trademark Office will stay open and funded by the fees it collects.  Funds will run out after four weeks and the office will close.
·      Census Bureau will close.
·      Bureau of Economic Analysis will close.

Department of Defense

·      Contractors performing under a fully funded contract (or contract option) that was awarded prior to the expiration of appropriations may continue to provide contract services whether in support of excepted activities or not.
·      New contracts may not be executed.
·      Expiration of appropriations does not require termination of contracts.
·      Technical intelligence, information collection, analysis and dissemination functions are closed and their staff furloughed.
·      Private sector TRIcare activities are excepted and may proceed as normal.
·      Revolving funds with positive cash balances may continue to operate until cash reserves are exhausted.
·      Congress passed a bill H.R. 3210 the Pay our Military Act.  This bill was passed this week as a messaging piece by the House to show that they supported paying troops in harms way during a government shutdown.  However, the bill was passed without being adequately vetted and was never supposed to be signed into law.  Both chambers decided that it was a good messaging piece and it was signed into law by the President on September 30.  The bill allows for members of the military and the people who support them (to be defined by the relevant Secretary within DOD) to avoid furlough and be paid.  This can obviously be very broadly defined.  While the language has not been applied to everyone in DOD, it has greatly reduced the number of people furloughed including contractors.

Department of Education: Agency almost closes down completely, but continues to process Pell Grants and Federal Direct Loans at a reduced pace.

Department of Energy: Department closes down except for work at the National Nuclear Security Administration staff who work on issues related to the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.

Environmental Protection Agency: Agency effectively shuts down, however five days of grace time are given for staff to shutter facilities.

Federal Courts: The courts receive fees and are thought to have enough money to self-fund for two weeks before shutting down.

Federal Reserve: Self funds and is unaffected.

Health and Human Services: HHS manages a considerable number of large programs, some of which are appropriated while others are self-funded.  Self-funding programs are not affected.  A few large items of interest:

·      Affordable Care Act (ACA) / Obamacare (OC) activities are self-funded and not affected.
·      Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services would mostly shut down and cease administering those programs.
·      Centers for Disease Control mostly shuts down and would stop seasonal influenza planning and detection and other items related to that program.

Department of Homeland Security:

·      Most of the agency continues to operate either because of its need to protect life and property or because it can self-fund.  Entities that continue to function include the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol, Flood Insurance Programs, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Transportation Security Agency, etc.
·      Federal Emergency Management Agency will close all non-disaster programs;
·      Federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement training centers close.
·      Research functions cease.
·      E-verify services will cease.

Food and Drug Administration: Shuts down except for activities related to user-fee funded programs, primarily the Center for Tobacco Products.

Housing and Urban Development: Closes with the exception of the Ginne Mae, the mortgage guarantee agency.  Payments to public housing authorities cease.

Department of the Interior: The agency closes except for law enforcement functions.

Department of Justice: Most (FBI, ATF, DEA, etc) of the agency is expected to work.

Department of Labor: Closed.

NASA: Closed.

Postal Service: Self funds and is unaffected.

Small Business Administration: The agency continues its disaster assistance work, but ceases its grantmaking and loan activities.

Securities and Exchange Commission: Agency has sufficient funds to stay open for three weeks and then closes.

Smithsonian: Closed except for veterinary staff required to keep animals alive that are in the custody or property of the institution.

Department of State: Data on this agency is not completely available.  Below is what is known:

·      Embassies and consulates overseas are exempt;
·      Bureau of Consular Affairs self-funds and is unaffected.
·      Passport offices primarily close except for a few that can self-fund.
·      Classified activities mostly continue.

Supreme Court: The court’s new term does not start until October 7, so it is not operating at this time.  Unclear what happens on October 7.

Department of Transportation (DOT): Most functions stay open.  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) activities that support of air traffic controllers are OPEN.

Department of Treasury:
·      IRS is closed.
·      Social Security Administration is closed although checks will still be sent out.

Department of Veterans Affairs: Agency is mostly exempt from furlough, as most personnel work for the Veterans Benefit Administration.

White House: Only those staff necessary to the President’s implementation of constitutional duties are exempt.

DFAS Payment May Slowdown Because of Government Shutdown

DFAS Payment May Slowdown Because of Government Shutdown

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According to information provided to the Professional Services Council by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (“DFAS”) in Columbus, Ohio, DFAS anticipates being fully staffed and able to process valid vendor invoices through approximately October 10th if the current lapse of appropriations (“shutdown”) should continue that long. However, beginning immediately, DFAS anticipates slowdowns due to government customers not being available to address pre-validation issues or provide the required receipt certifications.

Thus, it is likely that you will see invoices “stuck” in pre-validation or in Wide Area Workflow (“WAWF”) waiting for those predicate actions. While DFAS will endeavor to keep the pipeline of valid invoices cleared, all DFAS overtime has been eliminated to help conserve payroll cash reserves. Of course, if the shutdown continues or if the debt ceiling constrains available federal funds, the situation could deteriorate significantly and with little advance notice.

If you need further assistance, please contact John Carpenter at jcarpenter@cbh.com.

 

The Ensuing Federal Government Shutdown & What Contractors Should Know

The Ensuing Federal Government Shutdown & What Contractors Should Know

This article has been provided by The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America.  Carolinas AGC represents contractors and construction-related firms in North Carolina and South Carolina, and serves as a chapter of AGC of America and ARTBA.

Background:
The fiscal year (FY) 2013 appropriations law currently funding federal government operations will expire on September 30. Because the House and Senate failed to enact any of their 12 annual appropriations for FY 2014, Congress must pass a continuing resolution (CR) to allow government operations to remain open on October 1 and beyond. At the request of some House and Senate conservatives, the House passed a CR that would fund the government at FY 2013 sequestration levels through December 15 and defund Obamacare. The Senate-passed CR would also fund the government at FY 2013 sequestration levels through December 15, but, in contrast, provides funding for Obamacare. A failure by lawmakers to reach an agreement on a CR for FY 2014 will result in a federal government shutdown.

The possibility of a shutdown has left contractors wondering how or if they can continue to perform their federal contracts. Construction contracts already awarded on a fixed-price basis will be substantially unaffected by the shutdown. However, for most cost-type contracts, time and materials contracts, IDIQ/MATOC/MACC contracts, and those contracts that have yet to be awarded, the shutdown will likely suspend operations completely. Thus, it’s important for contractors to prepare for the consequences of a government shutdown.

What Contractors Should Know:
Government Contracts NOT Likely to be Affected by a Federal Government Shutdown:
• Ongoing, Direct Federal Agency Contracts. Federal contracts that are not funded by FY 2014 appropriations will be largely unaffected by the shutdown because they will not require new funding once the continuing resolution expires. Most federal construction contracts are included within this category because they were already awarded on a fixed-price basis, and funding was appropriated at the time of award. Accordingly, most federal construction projects will not be substantially affected by the government shutdown.

• Unawarded, Direct Federal Agency Contracts. For federal contracts that have not been awarded, contractors should consult the contracting officer before the shutdown to determine how the agency intends to handle the contract award once the shutdown is over. It is also important to note that court and protest deadlines remain in effect regardless of a shutdown. However, it is unclear how long it will take to resolve such claims if federal court and GAO employees are furloughed.

• Federal-Aid State DOT Contracts. The federal-aid highway program would not be immediately impacted by a shutdown. Because Congress has enacted authorization for Highway Trust Fund (HTF) spending through the end of FY 2014 and there remains a balance in the HTF, the Federal Highway Administration will remain open for business and will continue to process state DOTs’ requests for reimbursement for on-going highway projects. States will also be able to continue to enter into contracts with the assurance of federal reimbursement. However, USDOT grant and lending programs, like TIGER grants and TIFA loans, could be impacted.

Preparing for a Federal Government Shutdown:

• Beware of non-contracting impacts of shutdown. Even where a contract does not require new funding, performance may still be affected by the shutdown. For instance, a federal construction project may require access to federal facilities in order to perform the contract work. If those facilities are locked or otherwise unavailable because of the shutdown, contract performance may be impossible. Moreover, even if contract work can continue, contracting officers and administrators will likely be furloughed and thus unavailable to provide guidance or issue necessary changes or contract modifications during shutdown.

• Establish cost documenting procedures. It is also unclear how the government will actually implement the shutdown. Contracting officers will likely issue individual stop work orders, or agencies will issue broad guidance to all contractors. To prepare for this disruption in operations, contractors should establish a protocol to track and account for all costs incurred because of the shutdown.

If a Shutdown Occurs, Contractors Should:
• Determine Which of Their Federal Contracts are Affected by the Shutdown. Contractors should consider whether their contract is fully funded or whether continued performance relies upon incremental funding that may be unavailable. Contractors should also determine whether contract performance depends upon access to federal facilities and whether such access will be available during the shutdown.

• Seek Guidance from the Contracting Officer. For affected contracts, contractors should determine whether the contracting officer intends to issue a stop-work order or provide some other guidance for stopping work.

• Document All Costs Associated with the Shutdown. Keep all costs associated with the shutdown separate from normal project expenses. Contractors should also document the reason each cost was incurred in the event their records are audited after a claim is submitted. Contractors should also make every effort to mitigate costs and damages and document all efforts to do so.

• Complete All Outstanding Action Items Before the Shutdown. Before the shutdown begins, contractors should determine what, if any, action items can be resolved prior to the shutdown. For instance, if a contract requires a modification be issued, the contractor should work with the contracting officer to obtain the modification before the shutdown occurs. During the shutdown, it is unlikely a contractor will have access to the contracting officer.

• Notify the Contracting Officer of All Actions Taken in Response to the Shutdown. Contractors should routinely notify the contracting officer in writing of all actions taken to continue performance during the shutdown and any costs incurred because of the shutdown.
Recovering Costs Incurred Resulting from a Federal Government Shutdown

• Contractors may recover some, but not all costs once the shutdown ends. For fixed price contracts, recovery will depend upon whether the contractor is entitled to an equitable adjustment. For cost reimbursement contracts, costs associated with the shutdown can likely be recovered. It is therefore important to keep all costs associated with the shutdown separate from normal project costs in order to quickly identify and claim such costs once the shutdown ends. It is also important to note that, once the shutdown is over, contractors will likely experience a delay in receiving payment from the government due to the backlog of work for federal administrative personnel.

Conclusion
Although the impending shutdown will not substantially affect fixed-price federal construction contracts, a shutdown may make performance more challenging because of the lack of support from agency personnel. Contractors should therefore work with their contracting officer and legal counsel to develop a protocol to determine which contracts will be affected, track costs associated with the shutdown, and recover such costs once the shutdown ends.

 

Shutdown Action – What You Need to Do Now!

Contract and Operations Planning

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It has been over 17 years since the federal government went through a “hard” shut down (when for twenty-seven days many federal workers were furloughed and agencies physically closed). The impact on contractors at that time was significant but nothing like it might be this year due to the Congress’ failure to pass a spending bill to keep the government funded past September 30th. The government’s dependence on contractors has changed the dynamics of the situation.

Government employees that will continue to work during a government shutdown are those designated as “essential”: those employees involved in national security and the protection of life and property, including law enforcement officers, disaster assistance personnel, air traffic controllers and transportation safety workers, coastal and border patrol, and those in public health and medical functions. The USPS, since it is not taxpayer supported, Social Security offices, and those related to Medicare and Medicaid services would likely remain open as well; however, not all services provided by those agencies may be performed. Contractor employees essential to the operation of these functions and offices would likely continue to work, as well. All other government activities will need to be shut down in an orderly and deliberate fashion. A “hard” shut down will result in the furlough of non-essential government employees; non-essential government and contractor personnel will be blocked from entering buildings and facilities, and will be prohibited by law from volunteering services during the shutdown period. Services provided off government sites, such as the operation of penitentiaries or space satellites will likely continue.

How will contracts be impacted by a shutdown? Contracts that are funded with previous years’ appropriations and that can be performed at a company-site vs. a government-site will be least impacted since they are already funded and your employees won’t be locked out. Incrementally funded contracts would be significantly impacted if there are no funds with which to fund further increments of work. ID/IQ contracts continue in effect, but no new task orders can be placed if they are funded with annual appropriations. However, if task orders are funded with multiple year or no year appropriations, task orders may still be issued. Options for existing contracts funded with annual appropriations cannot be exercised, which could be very detrimental if there is a deadline by which the option must be exercised.

So What Should a Contractor Do Now That a Shutdown Has Occurred?

This requires an understanding of government fiscal law and various contract clauses.

1. KNOW THE RULES – Under the Anti-Deficiency Act, no government employee may enter into an obligation or incur a liability for the government in excess of current appropriations or before an appropriation is made by congress. Thus, the general rule is that contracting officers or program managers cannot promise to pay contractors for work that was done when there was not an appropriation to cover that work. Similarly, Federal law generally prohibits government personnel from accepting voluntary services, i.e., services for which the provider expects to be paid later, “except for emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.” In this regard, “emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property” does not include ongoing, regular functions of the government, the suspension of which, would not imminently threaten the safety of human life or the protection of property. Accordingly, contractors should be wary of exhortations from government personnel to continue working during a shutdown with payment to be worked out later. However, there is an exception to this rule for certain supplies and services. Specifically, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) and Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) for the Coast Guard may enter into contracts for “clothing, subsistence, forage, fuel, quarters, transportation, or medical and hospital supplies” in advance of an appropriation.

2. KNOW WHO IS AFFECTED – Not all government activities or contracts are funded by appropriated funds. Many government activities, such as the military exchange services, are funded by money they generate. Thus, those activities should not be affected by a shutdown. Similarly, there are some government activities, such as government laboratories that are classified as industrial funded activities. Like non-appropriated fund activities, industrial funded activities get their funding from work they do for others. Consequently, industrial funded activities may not be affected to a large extent by a shutdown.

3. COMMUNICATE – Attempt to contact the Contracting Officers (“CO”) of each of your contracts that will be affected and ask for his or her guidance as to what facilities will be impacted and who has been designated as essential and should continue working. Determine if access will be denied to government records required in the performance of essential contracts or fixed-price programs. If appropriate ask for a written Stop Work Order for supply and service contracts or a Suspension of Work order for construction contracts. If either type of order is issued, the contractor is entitled to a price adjustment to compensate it for costs incurred due to the order. If an order stopping work is not issued, immediately inform the Contracting Officer that the shutdown will financially impact your operations and that you will be requesting recovery of these expenses through exercise of the appropriate clauses in your contracts (i.e., a request for equitable adjustment). You are not waiving your rights to cost recovery. You cannot be forced to work “at risk” or to volunteer your services. Remember, many of today’s Contracting Officers were not in the CO position 17 years ago, so they are learning as well. Work with them.

4. MITIGATE – Do all you can to mitigate the cost impact to the government and to your company. Rather than furloughing employees, send them to training or have them take vacation. Having them charge idle time is non-productive, so keep it to a minimum. Have them work on other non-government programs or government programs that are exempted from shutdown, if possible.

5. DOCUMENT – Immediately establish cost collection points (general ledger accounts, job orders, etc.) to tabulate all cost incurred as a result of the government shutdown. Be sure to accumulate both direct and indirect costs. The shutdown of the government is not a contractual activity and should be recoverable under your current contract vehicles. Segregate labor costs, accumulate supplier/subcontractor costs, save all correspondence both hard copy and electronic. There is no such thing as too much documentation. You may want to go back to the beginning of the government’s fiscal year for potential impact documentation.

You need to be proactive to protect your interests. The government may try to deny you recovery of cost impacts due to their “sovereign act.” Generally, the government is only liable for increased contract costs if the additional costs are caused by the government acting in its contractual capacity. Costs incurred as a result of the government acting in its sovereign capacity, i.e., done in the general act of governing, are usually not recoverable. However, stop work orders and suspension of work orders are contractual acts that entitle a contractor to price adjustments. Regardless, no recovery can be made without showing attempts to mitigate the costs incurred and without extensive documentation.

Even if you are unsuccessful in recovering increased costs caused by a shutdown, you should be entitled to a schedule extension based upon an excusable delay. Delays caused by the government in its sovereign capacity are expressly recognized as excusable delays in the various excusable delay provisions of the FAR. Further, if you experience an excusable delay, you cannot be terminated for default for failure to perform on time due to the excusable delay and liquidated damages cannot be assessed against you for failure to perform on time if the failure is caused by an excusable delay. Moreover, if the government wants you to make up time lost by the shutdown, you would be entitled to an equitable adjustment to the affected contracts under a constructive change theory.

Cash Flow Planning

A government shutdown also creates potential cash flow issues for government contractors that must be dealt with in a very short timeframe. The last government shutdown occurred in 1995, and there are few bankers in the business today who have any experience dating back to the last shutdown. Contractors should know that if a shutdown occurs it is probable that there will be NO payments made from any of the government payment offices. Even if contractors have received proper authorization from their contracting officers to keep working, it is highly unlikely that they will be paid for the work until sometime after the shutdown ends. After the 1995 shutdown ended, it took another 30-60 days before payment offices got caught up on paying invoices.

Contractors should give consideration to the following when considering the cash flow impact of a shutdown:

  • How much cash does it take to continue operating the business during a shutdown?
  • If certain employees will be furloughed and others will continue working, what will the ongoing payroll requirements look like? It is probably best to assume that payroll will remain the same.
  • Which subcontractors and vendors need to be paid and which ones can be postponed for payment?
  • No one knows how long a shutdown might last, but it is probably safe to assume that the cash impact will last for at least 30 days. Once cash requirements have been determined, the business needs to consider how to meet those cash requirements.
  • Contractors who rarely borrow and work off cash reserves need to measure whether their cash reserves will cover 30 days (or more) of cash requirements. If cash reserves are not adequate, it is time to look at whether an existing line of credit provides enough extra cushion. If existing lines of credit do not provide enough cushion, then it is time to talk with the bank about an increased line of credit. In this regard, the cost of establishing, increasing or maintaining a line of credit may be an allowable cost. However, interest on borrowings is an expressly unallowable cost.
  • Contractors who are constant borrowers of working capital need to consider how quickly their bank borrowings may grow. Contractors who are typically borrowing to cover 30-45 days of expenses already while waiting for government invoices to be paid will now find that their borrowing needs may double or more. It is important to discuss this potential with the bank quickly and gauge how fast the bank can provide an increased line of credit.
  • Contractors who borrow from their bank on a borrowing base formula need to consider a few other items. Will any current receivables that are close to reaching the bank’s limit of remaining in the borrowing base (usually 90 or 120 days from invoice date) drop out of the borrowing base if a shutdown persists? Will the bank allow the contractor to borrow against new invoices created after a shutdown even if the government will not allow those invoices to be submitted until the shutdown ends? Will the borrowing base be affected by the contractor’s ability to submit invoices through WAWF or other electronic sites if those sites are taken down during a shutdown? Is the bank willing to relax certain financial covenants to account for rapid growth in leverage or contractor receivable balances during a shutdown?

Every business wants to feel that it has a good working relationship with its bank. Those relationships are usually put to the test during difficult or trying times. This current government shutdown is a time to strengthen your banking relationship.

Careful planning, over communicating, and documentation are the best course of action in this unfortunate situation.

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Discussion Forum on the US Federal Government Shutdown

The NC Military Business Center (NCMBC) will provide up-to-date information on the government shutdown as it becomes available.  Government agencies and businesses can share important information in this discussion forum.

Comments and information from the public are welcome, please refrain from inappropriate or hurtful language.

On October 1, 2013 the US Federal Government will enforce a partial-government shut down that will stop 800,000 Americans from getting paid and could cost the economy about $1 billion a week.  “Agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations,” the Office of Management &  Budget said in a note it sent to federal employees.

Updated information, as it becomes available from federal agencies located within North Carolina and outside of the state will be provided below:

CAMP LEJEUNE:  (Added on 10/1) With a government shutdown a number of base programs and services will be impacted across Camp Lejeune beginning tomorrow and continuing until federal funding has been restored.  During a government shutdown, only operations and activities that are essential to safety, protection of human life and protection of our national security are authorized and only the minimum number of civilian employees necessary to carry out those activities will be exempt from the furlough. These include but are not limited to security and emergency services (police, fire, and EMS), utilities, training ranges, chow halls, and more.  Non-appropriated fund activities (Marine Corps Community Services) are generally exempt with a few exceptions.  Programs and services that will remain open include: Marine Corps Exchanges, Child Development Centers, Base Schools, Fitness Centers, counseling offices and more.  Programs and services that will be closed include: the Commissary (closed beginning Oct 2), Libraries, the Education Center, the Outdoor Recreation office, Hobby Shops, the Relocation Assistance office, Professional Development Services and more.  Some of the programs and services that will be operating on reduced staff or operating hours include: the ID Card Center, Traffic Court, the Installation Personnel Administration Center, Civilian Human Resources and more.  For a complete list of impacted base programs and services, please visit www.lejeune.marines.mil/Resources/FurloughImpacts.aspx.

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: (Added on 10/1) Due to a lapse in appropriations for SBA at 12:00 am on October 1, 2013, SBA is now closed for normal operations until further notice.  Because of the government shut down, firms with active federal government contracts are advised to contact your contracting officer for impacts (i.e. access to government facilities, etc)

FORT BRAGG:  (Added on 10/1) U.S. Army Garrison – Fort Bragg, all U.S. Army Forces Command units, U.S. Army Special Operations Command and 440th Airlift Wing and other military organizations are planning for an orderly shutdown.  “I urge our community, Fort Bragg’s civilian employees particularly, to follow the progress of this situation by remaining in close contact with your supervisors and by visiting the Office of Personnel Management’s website at www.opm.gov,” said Col. Jeffrey Sanborn, Fort Bragg garrison commander.  For more information on Fort Bragg’s release and programs affected, click here.

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB:  (Added on 10/1) The absence of appropriations will be extremely disruptive to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. We are attempting to minimize negative impacts and will continue functions essential to national security and public safety.  The lack of a budget or continuing resolution will force another furlough. It is distressing for our civilian team members to suffer through furloughs again. This will create serious uncertainty and cause financial hardships on an already stressed workforce. Every member of the Air Force team is important to accomplishing our mission. During these uncertain times we need to be good wingmen and help each other persevere.

(Updated on 10/2) Due to the government shutdown and resulting 4th Fighter Wing civilian furloughs, identification card customer service operations have ceased.  Furthermore, the commissary will be open Oct. 1, 2013 until 7 p.m. and  will close indefinitely beginning Oct. 2, 2013.

OFFICE OF SENATOR RICHARD BURR:   (Added on 10/1) Due to the government shutdown, Senator Burr’s office is operating to perform essential and emergency services only.  If you have an emergency or need immediate assistance, please call 202-224-3154.

OFFICE OF SENATOR KAY HAGAN.  (Added on 10/1) During a federal government shutdown, Congressional offices are required by law to operate only at a level that permits federal representatives to perform basic legislative duties. Casework – If you opened a case with a member of Senator Hagan’s constituent service team that concerns a problem with a federal agency, your case will be placed temporarily on hold. There is no need to re-open your case once the government resumes normal operations; we will do that automatically. New cases cannot be opened during this time, but if you need help with a federal agency, you can visit www.hagan.senate.gov and click on “Help with Federal Agencies” to learn more about how Senator Hagan’s office can help once the government re-opens. Please be sure to complete this privacy release form on the website. A constituent services representative will contact you when the federal government resumes normal operations.

How to get in touch with Senator Hagan – Senator Hagan’s offices in North Carolina and Washington, DC will be closed during the shutdown.  Phone calls to Senator Hagan’s offices will be answered by a voicemail system; every effort will be made to respond to you when the government resumes normal operations. We appreciate your patience during the shutdown. North Carolinians can visit www.hagan.senate.gov to e-mail the Senator.

US COMMERCIAL SERVICE.  (Added on 10/1) The U.S. Commercial Service offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro are closed until a continuing resolution or the FY14 federal budget is approved.  During this period, employees will not have access to any work related databases, email systems, or telephones and unable to correspond with the exporting community in a official capacity.

US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS – WILMINGTON DISTRICT. (Added on 10/1) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will be furloughed on Friday, October 4, before Noon.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.  (Added on 10/2)  The Department of Veterans Affairs has released an appropriations lapse plan titled the “Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown” on their website at: http://www.va.gov/opa/appropriations_lapse_plan.asp

 

 

 

Recent Federal Contracts Awarded to NC Firms

Microelectronics Advanced Research Corp. (MARCO), Durham, N.C. (Wake County), has been awarded a $15,549,979 transaction for the Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research Network (STARnet). STARnet is a nationwide network of multi-university research centers that seeks to keep the U. S. Department of Defense and U.S. semiconductor and defense systems firms at the forefront of the global microelectronics revolution. These centers are focused on discovering solutions to the intractable problems that are forecast to lie in the future of integrated circuit progress and to lay the foundations for microsystems innovations once the improvements associated with Moore’s Law are exhausted. Work will be performed in Durham, N.C. (4.61 percent); Minneapolis, Minn. (14.95%); Notre Dame, Ind. (15.89 percent); Ann Arbor, Mich. (15.22 percent); Champaign, Ill. (15.93 percent); Los Angeles, Calif. (18.74 percent) and Berkeley, Calif. (14.66 percent). The estimated completion date is Jan. 23, 2015. Fiscal 2013 research and development funds are being obligated at time of award. The contracting activity is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va., (HR0011-13-3-0002).

Thalle Construction Co., Inc., Hillsborough, N.C. (Orange County), was awarded a $34,000,220 non-multi-year, firm-fixed-price contract with no options to complete monoliths for construction of the new lock at Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. Gunding is from fiscal year 2013 other authority appropriation. The contract was a non-competitive acquisition with one bid received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Nashville District, Nashville, Tenn., is the contracting activity (W912P5-10-C-0002).

AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc., Plymouth Meeting, Pa. (W912DY-13-D-0070); AMERESCO, Inc., Framingham, Mass. (W912DY-13-D-0071); BALFOUR BEATTY ENERGY SOLUTIONS, Fairfax, Va. (W912DY-13-D-0072); CH2M HILL CONSTRUCTORS, INC., Englewood, Colo. (W912DY-13-D-0073); EATON CORPORATION, Raleigh, N.C. (Wake County) (W912DY-13-D-0074); ECC Energy Conservation, LLC (ECC-EC), Burlingame, Calif. (W912DY-13-D-0075); PERINI MANAGEMENT SERVICES INC., Framingham, Mass. (W912DY-13-D-0076); SAIC, McLean, Va. (W912DY-13-D-0077); SHAW ENVIRONMENTAL & INFRASTRUCTURE, INC., Knoxville, Tenn. (W912DY-13-D-0078); URS GROUP, INC., Washington, D.C. (W912DY-13-D-0079); WESTON SOLUTIONS, INC., West Chester, Pa. (W912DY-13-D-0080) were awarded a $600,000,000 non-multi-year, no option, firm-fixed price contract. The primary purpose of this contract is to assist the Department of Defense in support of energy conservation and development of alternative energy projects. Funding and performance locations will be determined with each order. The contract was solicited via the Web with 46 bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Engineer Support Center, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity.

Diversified Service Contracting Inc.*, Dunn, N.C. (Harnett County), is being awarded an $8,645,899 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N40080-11-D-3020) to exercise option two for base operating support services at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River. The work to be performed provides for all management supervision, labor hours, training, equipment and supplies necessary to perform base operating services to include but not limited to providing janitorial services, grounds maintenance services, base services vehicles and equipment, street sweeping, snow removal services, and pest control services. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $26,161,752. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md., and work is expected to be completed September 2014. Subject to availability of funds: Fiscal 2014 operation and maintenance Navy and Fiscal 2014 Navy Working Capital funds in the amount of $7,993,943 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Washington D.C., is the contracting activity.

FEDCON Summit & Government Shutdown

The NC Military Business Center (NCMBC) is concerned about the impact of the federal government shutdown on national security, individual welfare and the economies of states and communities that support DoD and federal government.

We have received several questions regarding the FEDCON Summit and the Government Shutdown.

The FEDCON Summit will occur regardless of the federal government shutdown.  Military and government attendees continue to confirm for the Summit.  Active duty military personnel are not furloughed and continue to work.

We have strong industry participation from MACC/MATOC holders and construction-related business who continue to support the FEDCON Summit.  The NCMBC is considering agenda modifications as necessary should furloughed civilians not be able to participate.  This process is ongoing.

The NCMBC is honored to work with the military, federal agencies and government offices that support the NCMBC and the FEDCON Summit.

We hope that the government shutdown will conclude quickly.

For more information on the Summit, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2013NCFEDCON.php.

CONTACTS.
Program content:  Scott Dorney at dorneys@ncmbc.us
Registration, exhibiting, sponsorship, logistics:  Courtney Smedick at  smedickc@ncmbc.us
Payment questions:  Alexa Dennis at  dennisa@ncmbc.us
Golf Tournament:  Don Carmen at  dcarmen@sepiengineering.com

Recent Federal Contracts Awarded to NC Firms

JDCC, Inc of Swansboro, NC (Onslow County) has been awarded a $532,035.00) base and two options contract with the Department of the Navy for Removal and Installation of Various Types of Office and Barracks Furniture at MCB Camp Lejeune.  Contract Award: M67001-13-D-005.

FEDCON Summit: Announcing Environmental Track

Senator Richard Burr and the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) are pleased to host the 2013 North Carolina Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental (FEDCON) Summit in Wilmington, North Carolina at the Wilmington Convention Center on October 16-17, 2013.

Website: http://www.ncmbc.us/2013NCFEDCON.php

WHEN. October 16-17, 2013

WHERE.
Wilmington Convention Center
515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

PURPOSE.
The “FEDCON Summit” brings together over 800 representatives of the Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, United States Coast Guard, Department of Veterans Affairs, GSA Public Buildings Service, other federal agencies and installations, general and specialty contractors, designers and construction suppliers in North Carolina.

Environmental Engineering and Remediation Industry Panel
An industry panel of current federal contractors will discuss their experiences in marketing their services to potential government customers, identifying and competing for environmental engineering and remediation contracts, building teams to provide required services and executing work on federal contracts to help government customers achieve their sustainability goals.  The objectives of this session are to share best practices and to shorten the learning curve, improve the competitiveness and increase access by NC contractors to prime and subcontract work in the government environmental marketplace.

Water, Wastewater & Storm Water: Programs, Projects and Industry Experience
This session will feature a mixed panel and interactive discussion with the audience. Government representatives and partners will discuss relevant federal mandates, regulations and sustainability goals, ongoing initiatives and future projects to enhance water supplies, water quality and water, wastewater and storm water management. Industry panel members will discuss their experiences in marketing services to government customers and primes, identifying and competing for prime and subcontracts, building teams to provide services and executing work on federal projects. The objectives of this session are to inform the audience about future opportunities, prime and sub, and to share best practices and lessons learned.

Installation Energy: Programs, Projects and Industry Experience
This session will feature a mixed panel and interactive discussion with the audience.  Government representative(s) and partners will discuss relevant federal mandates, regulations and sustainability goals, ongoing initiatives and workload projections for energy projects.  Industry panel members will discuss their experiences in marketing services to government customers and primes, identifying and competing for prime and subcontracts, building teams to provide services and executing work on federal projects.  The objectives of this session are to inform the audience about future opportunities, prime and sub, and to share best practices and lessons learned.

Waste and Pollution Reduction: Programs, Projects and Industry Experience
This session will feature a mixed panel and interactive discussion with the audience. Government representative(s) will discuss relevant federal mandates, regulations and sustainability goals, ongoing initiatives and workload projections for waste and pollution reduction. Industry panel members will discuss their experiences in marketing services to government customers and primes, identifying and competing for prime and subcontracts, building teams to provide services and executing work on federal projects. The objectives of this session are to inform the audience about future opportunities, prime and sub, and to share best practices and lessons learned.

WHY ATTEND THE FEDCON SUMMIT?
* The FEDCON Summit is the premier, best-established and most-recognized federal construction event in North Carolina – businesses who are already engaged or want to perform in the federal market need to be there!
* “Program and Issues Dialogues” address future projects, acquisition strategies, teaming opportunities, contractor experiences and other issues related to acquisition and execution of projects at military bases and facilities in NC and SC
* Other Summit sessions address critical and timely topics, including small business programs and utilization, budget impacts, contracting processes and pre-award, post-award and legal issues in federal construction and engineering
* Environmental infrastructure sessions provide info on federal opportunities in environmental engineering, remediation, energy, water, waste-water, solid waste and pollution abatement
* Summit “speed networking” sessions allow businesses to meet one-on-one and market themselves to every federal agency that buys construction and engineering services and products in NC and SC
* Summit networking and trade show activities allow businesses to market their services and products to over 700 general contractors, specialty contractors, engineers, architects and suppliers
* In addition to the Summit on October 17, networking opportunities with all FEDCON attendees include a pre-Summit social on October 16, riverside adjacent to the Wilmington Convention Center – a huge hit in 2011 & 2012!

SUMMIT PROGRAM.  The Summit program will focus on: new federal construction opportunities; sustainment, restoration and modernization (SRM) opportunities; energy-related construction opportunities; environmental infrastructure projects; and federal contracting processes in North Carolina.  The program will include presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions, a vendor expo and speed networking with:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command
US Army Corps of Engineers
Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard Installations
Department of Veterans Affairs and Other Federal Agencies
Major Construction Prime Contractors
North Carolina Companies

REGISTRATION.  To register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2013NCFEDCON.php

CONTACTS.
Program content:  Scott Dorney at dorneys@ncmbc.us
Registration, exhibiting, sponsorship, logistics:  Courtney Smedick at  smedickc@ncmbc.us
Payment questions:  Alexa Dennis at  dennisa@ncmbc.us
Golf Tournament:  Don Carmen at  dcarmen@sepiengineering.com

Save Your Space: Defense Contractor Academies in Charlotte & Wilmington!

Announcing the Charlotte and Wilmington Defense Contractor Academies

Purpose.  The Defense Contractor Academy will offer advanced instruction and a certificate of completion to existing, small business defense contractors to provide the tools needed to grow the defense contracting portion of their business portfolio.  Each Academy day will include presentation of material and either a panel or guest business(es) to discuss their experiences regarding the topic of the session.

When.
Charlotte: October 28 – 30, 2013
Wilmington:  December 10 – 12, 2013

Schedule.  A full class schedule is available at each respective Academy’s website:
Charlotte:  http://www.ncmbc.us/DCA_Charlotte_13.php
Wilmington:  http://www.ncmbc.us/DCA_Wilmington_13.php
Registration.   Registration for each Academy is available on the above websites.

Who can attend from your company?  Companies may send different individuals from their organization to attend specific sessions of the Academy (i.e. the chief financial officer to attend the accounting and financing classes, business developer to attend Fundamentals and Source Selection sessions, etc.).

Cost.   The entire Academy (all classes and materials) is a total of $110.00 per person.

Previous Participant Testimonials.
“There is no greater agency [NCMBC] that focuses on the opportunities to provide a multitude of service to our armed forces.  The people at NCMBC are always eager to assist anyone that wants to learn about what’s out there for their services and to expand their market share. The academies are always informative and will leave you with a better appreciation of what this agency and its people are trying to accomplish. It’s well worth the ‘adventure’ to attend any of these activities and you’ll learn something new every time. Don’t pass any opportunity to attend. If you don’t go, someone else will,” Jim Brylski, DOT Advisor, Raleigh, NC.

“Words can not explain what the week with Defense Contractor Academy was like. It was a wealth of information that you and your company can use for years to come. With that our Company has begin to work with varies contractors on some Government Projects. Hats off to Ms. Smedick and all who participated in educating us of such great opportunity,” Corine Thomas, Stinson Trucking, Charlotte, NC.

“As a marketing manager, some of my main objectives are to generate opportunities and support our sales team. The knowledge I gained at the Defense Contractor Academy opened new avenues and helped me formulate successful strategies to maximize our small business classification. Overall, the instructors were engaging and the information was presented in a way that was easy to understand. And the way some of the government info is written, that is no easy task. I would highly recommend it for any marketing professional who sells directly or indirectly to the government,” Geoff Jones, BTC Electronic Components, Wake Forest, NC.

“I attended the Defense Contractors Academy, March 2012. I found that the class was filled with information to help me better understand how to grow in this industry. The agenda covered many gray areas that helped to promote my organization to it’s fullest. The instructors and the guest that held the classes taught with simplicity and gave a detailed view of there expertise. Networking in the classroom expanded the potential client and contacts resources. I would suggest to anyone that is looking to tap into Government contracts, to get involved with this program. You will be astonished at the opportunities that are available,” Teri Wilson, BALANCE Environmental, Charlotte, NC

Recent Federal Contracts to NC Firms

Barnhill Contracting Co., Jacksonville, N.C. (Onslow County) (N40085-13-D-5242); Morton Trucking, Inc.*, Jacksonville, N.C. (Onslow County) (N40085-13-D-5243); Onslow Grading & Paving, Inc.*, Jacksonville, N.C. (Onslow County) (N40085-13-D-5244); and S. T. Wooten Corp., New Bern, N.C. (Craven County) (N40085-13-D-5245), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award construction contract for civil and paving construction projects located at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and other outlying facilities in North Carolina. The maximum dollar value for the not-to-exceed 60-month period (including the base period and four option years) for all four contracts is $95,000,000. The work to be performed provides for new and repaired bituminous pavement structures, temporary traffic controls, site clearing activities, demolition work for existing site construction, storm drainage work, general site grading and earthwork, placement of pavement markings and traffic control signs, turf establishment work, traffic signal work, minor modifications or repairs to water and sewer distribution, minor utility relocations and modifications. Morton Trucking, Inc. is being awarded task order 0001 at $525,000 for the expansion of the Military Operations in Urban Terrain Collective Training Facility at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, N.C. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by June 2014. All work on this contract will be performed in Jacksonville, Havelock, and other outlying facilities in North Carolina. The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of September 2018. Fiscal 2013 Operation and Maintenance, Navy contract funds in the amount of $540,000 are being obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with nine proposals received. These four contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

Adira Construction, Inc.*, Chesapeake, Va. (N40085-13-D-5246); Contract and Purchasing Solutions, Inc.*, Lake Park, Ga. (N40085-13-D-5247); Greenland Enterprises, Inc.*, Hampton, Va. (N40085-13-D-5248); Locke-Lane Construction, Inc.*, Stony Point, N.C. (Alexander County) (N40085-13-D-5249); Patriot Construction, LLC*, Dunkirk, Md. (N40085-13-D-5250); and Turner Strategic Technologies, LLC*, Norfolk, Va. (N40085-13-D-5251) are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award construction contract for general construction projects located at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and other outlying facilities in North Carolina. The maximum dollar value for the not-to-exceed 60-month period (including the base period and four option years) for all six contracts is $50,000,000. The work to be performed provides for new construction, demolition, repair, total/partial interior/exterior alteration/renovation of buildings, systems and infrastructure, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, communication systems, installation of new or extensions to existing high voltage electrical distribution systems, extensions to the existing high pressure steam distribution systems, extensions to the potable water distribution systems, extensions to the sanitary sewer systems, additional storm water control systems, painting, removal of asbestos materials and lead paint, and incidental related work. Patriot Construction, LLC is being awarded task order 0001 at $82,950 for the installation of sprinkler and fire alarm system in building 1819 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, N.C. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by April 2014. All work on this contract will be performed in Jacksonville, Havelock, and other outlying facilities in North Carolina. The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of September 2018. Fiscal 2013 Operation and Maintenance, Navy contract funds in the amount of $107,950 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 26 proposals received. These six contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

RC Solutions, Inc of Fayetteville, NC (Cumberland County) has been awarded a contract for Mattress Refurbishment from the Department of the Army for $520,330.80.  Contract Award Number: W91247-13-C-0057.

FEDCON Summit: Navy & Marine Corps FY14 and Beyond Forecast

Navy & Marine Corps FY14 and Beyond Project Forecast Discussions

Senator Richard Burr and the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) are pleased to host the 2013 North Carolina Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental (FEDCON) Summit in Wilmington, North Carolina at the Wilmington Convention Center on October 16-17, 2013.

WHEN. October 16-17, 2013

WHERE.
Wilmington Convention Center
515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

PURPOSE.
The “FEDCON Summit” brings together over 800 representatives of the Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, United States Coast Guard, Department of Veterans Affairs, GSA Public Buildings Service, other federal agencies and installations, general and specialty contractors, designers and construction suppliers in North Carolina.

US Navy, US Marine Corps and Defense Agencies Program and Issues Dialogue

A panel of officials from Marine Corps Installations East (MCIEast), the Officer in Charge of Construction (OICC) for MCIEast and NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic will present and engage in interactive discussion with businesses.

  • Audience participation throughout the session is strongly encouraged. Presentations and discussions among the panel members and with the audience will address:
  • Installation growth plans, FY2014 and beyond
  • FY2014 program of work for major MILCON, SRM construction, energy and environmental construction, other infrastructure construction (roads, utilities, etc.), non-appropriated fund construction, architectural and engineering services, related service contracts and other opportunities at installations in NC and throughout each agency’s area of responsibility
  • Anticipated acquisition strategies for projects in the FY2014 programs (primary emphasis)
  • Impact of budget constraints on FY2014 and future projects
  • Agency use of and business access to Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC), Multiple Award Construction Contracts (MACC), Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA), Basic Ordering Agreements (BOA) and other similar acquisition tools
  • Agency use of sole source, small business set asides and other acquisition tools
  • Government expectations, concerns and current issues in acquisition and execution of construction and engineering projects
  • An industry panel of current MATOC/MACC and single award contract holders will discuss their experiences, challenges and successes in initial contract acquisition processes, competing for task orders and executing projects, to include processes for building design and construction teams and adding subcontractors and suppliers to successfully execute government projects.

WHY ATTEND THE FEDCON SUMMIT?
* The FEDCON Summit is the premier, best-established and most-recognized federal construction event in North Carolina – businesses who are already engaged or want to perform in the federal market need to be there!
* “Program and Issues Dialogues” address future projects, acquisition strategies, teaming opportunities, contractor experiences and other issues related to acquisition and execution of projects at military bases and facilities in NC and SC
* Other Summit sessions address critical and timely topics, including small business programs and utilization, budget impacts, contracting processes and pre-award, post-award and legal issues in federal construction and engineering
* Environmental infrastructure sessions provide info on federal opportunities in environmental engineering, remediation, energy, water, waste-water, solid waste and pollution abatement
* Summit “speed networking” sessions allow businesses to meet one-on-one and market themselves to every federal agency that buys construction and engineering services and products in NC and SC
* Summit networking and trade show activities allow businesses to market their services and products to over 700 general contractors, specialty contractors, engineers, architects and suppliers
* In addition to the Summit on October 17, networking opportunities with all FEDCON attendees include a pre-Summit social on October 16, riverside adjacent to the Wilmington Convention Center – a huge hit in 2011 & 2012!

SUMMIT PROGRAM.  The Summit program will focus on: new federal construction opportunities; sustainment, restoration and modernization (SRM) opportunities; energy-related construction opportunities; environmental infrastructure projects; and federal contracting processes in North Carolina.  The program will include presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions, a vendor expo and speed networking with:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command
US Army Corps of Engineers
Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard Installations
Department of Veterans Affairs and Other Federal Agencies
Major Construction Prime Contractors
North Carolina Companies

REGISTRATION.  To register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2013NCFEDCON.php

CONTACTS.
Program content:  Scott Dorney at dorneys@ncmbc.us
Registration, exhibiting, sponsorship, logistics:  Courtney Smedick at  smedickc@ncmbc.us
Payment questions:  Alexa Dennis at  dennisa@ncmbc.us
Golf Tournament:  Don Carmen at  dcarmen@sepiengineering.com

Recent Federal Contracts Awarded to NC Firms

Chavis, Inc. of Maxton, NC (Robeson County) has been awarded a $112,866.00 contract for Internet Protocol Router Network from the Department of the Army.

Contract Award Number: W91247-13-C-0047.

FEDCON Summit: Army & Air Force FY14 and Beyond Forecasts

Join us at the FEDCON Summit to learn more about the Army & Air Force FY14 and Beyond Forecasts.

WHEN. October 16-17, 2013

WHERE.
Wilmington Convention Center
515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

PURPOSE.
The “FEDCON Summit” brings together over 800 representatives of the Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, United States Coast Guard, Department of Veterans Affairs, GSA Public Buildings Service, other federal agencies and installations, general and specialty contractors, designers and construction suppliers in North Carolina.

US Army, US Air Force and Defense Agencies Program and Issues Dialogue

Representatives from Fort Bragg, US Army Corps of Engineers (Wilmington, Savannah and Charleston Districts), Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, US Army Reserves and North Carolina National Guard will present and engage in interactive discussion with businesses. Audience participation throughout the session is strongly encouraged. Presentations and discussions among the panel members and with the audience will address:

  • Installation growth plans, FY2014 and beyond
  • FY2014 program of work for major MILCON, SRM construction, energy and environmental construction, other infrastructure construction (roads, utilities, etc.), non-appropriated fund construction, architectural and engineering services, related service contracts and other opportunities at installations in NC and throughout each agency’s area of responsibility
  • Anticipated acquisition strategies for projects in the FY2014 programs (primary emphasis)
  • Impact of budget constraints on FY2014 and future projects
  • Agency use of and business access to Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC), Multiple Award Construction Contracts (MACC), Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA), Basic Ordering Agreements (BOA) and other similar acquisition tools
  • Agency use of sole source, small business set asides and other acquisition tools
  • Government expectations, concerns and current issues in acquisition and execution of construction and engineering projects
  • An industry panel of current MATOC/MACC and single award contract holders will discuss their experiences, challenges and successes in initial contract acquisition processes, competing for task orders and executing projects, to include processes for building design and construction teams and adding subcontractors and suppliers to successfully execute government projects.

 WHY ATTEND THE FEDCON SUMMIT?

* The FEDCON Summit is the premier, best-established and most-recognized federal construction event in North Carolina – businesses who are already engaged or want to perform in the federal market need to be there!
* “Program and Issues Dialogues” address future projects, acquisition strategies, teaming opportunities, contractor experiences and other issues related to acquisition and execution of projects at military bases and facilities in NC and SC
* Other Summit sessions address critical and timely topics, including small business programs and utilization, budget impacts, contracting processes and pre-award, post-award and legal issues in federal construction and engineering
* Environmental infrastructure sessions provide info on federal opportunities in environmental engineering, remediation, energy, water, waste-water, solid waste and pollution abatement
* Summit “speed networking” sessions allow businesses to meet one-on-one and market themselves to every federal agency that buys construction and engineering services and products in NC and SC
* Summit networking and trade show activities allow businesses to market their services and products to over 700 general contractors, specialty contractors, engineers, architects and suppliers
* In addition to the Summit on October 17, networking opportunities with all FEDCON attendees include a pre-Summit social on October 16, riverside adjacent to the Wilmington Convention Center – a huge hit in 2011 & 2012!

REGISTRATION.  To register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2013NCFEDCON.php

2013 Making Energy Work

2013 Making Energy Work

NC Sustainable Energy Association’s 2013 Making Energy Work Conference offers unprecedented access to the latest information, solutions and technologies driving the success of North Carolina’s renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses. Join hundreds of state and national clean energy leaders and embrace the chance to inspire strategies for continued growth.

When:
November 5 – 6

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Why Attend:

  • Gain an up-to-date perspective on the state of the industry, policy developments, and emerging technologies.
  • Learn the keys to successfully design,finance, and build renewable energy projects.
  • Learn how energy efficiency can enhance business profitability.
  • Explore how to do business in North Carolina – and with whom.
  • Network with energy leaders,consumers, business prospects and many others
    Participate in interactive conference sessions and share best practices

Who Should Attend:

  • Electric Utilities and Independent Power Producers
  • Local, State and Federal Government Officials and Staff
  • Business Owners and their Employees
  • Consultants, Energy Advisory & Planning Agencies
  • Community College and University Researchers, Students and Educators
  • Commercial and Industrial Energy Customers
  • Clean Energy Site Owners and Managers
  • Manufacturers of Renewable Energy Systems
  • Clean Energy Architects, Engineers and Construction Representatives
  • Start-up Entrepreneurs
  • Bankers, Investors

For more information, visit: http://energync.org/calendar/ncsea-events/2013/11/05/2013-making-energy-work/

Recent Federal Contracts Awarded to NC Firms

Lake Junaluska Assembly, Incorporated of Raleigh, NC (Wake County), has been awarded a $22,768.15 contract for Yellow Ribbon from the Department of the Army.  Contract Award Number:  W91242-13-P-0205.

Recent Federal Contracts Awarded to NC Firms

McRae Industries, Inc.**, Mt. Gilead, NC (Montgomery County), has been awarded a maximum $6,810,007 firm-fixed-price contract for hot weather combat boots. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option year periods. This contract was a competitive acquisition and four offers received. Location of performance is North Carolina with a Sept. 22, 2014, performance completion date. Using military services is Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2013 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM1C1-13-D-1075).

Recent Federal Contracts Awarded to NC Firms

Burlington Apparel Fabrics, division of Burlington Industries LLC, Greensboro, N.C. (Guilford County), has been awarded a maximum $9,552,000 modification (P00001) exercising the first option-year period of a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-12-D-1072) with four one-year option periods for poly/wool serge cloth. The contract is a firm-fixed-price with an economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are North Carolina and Pennsylvania with a Sept. 26, 2014, performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

Recent Federal Contracts Awarded to NC Firm

Thalle Construction Co., Inc. of Hillsborough, NC (Orange County) was awarded a $36,348,730.00 award by the US Army Corps of Engineers for the Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation, Structure Replacements S-273 (C-10) and S-275 (C-12) Reconstruction, Palm Beach County, Florida.  Contract Award Number:  W912EP-13-C-0027.

USSOCOM TALOS Broad Agency Announcement

On September 3, 2013 USSOCOM released its “Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) Technologies for Use by Special Operations Forces” Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) (https://www.fbo.gov/index?_atwl=2d62002ee85aa7bb758d01e0ddbd32c4).

USSOCOM is interested in receiving white papers from all responsible sources from industry, academia, individuals, and Government Labs capable of providing the design, construction, and testing of TALOS related technologies.  The intent is to accelerate the delivery of innovative TALOS capabilities to the Special Operations Forces (SOF) warfighter.  It is an interactive process designed to assess the viability of technologies while simultaneously refining user requirements.  Technologies may include, but are not limited to:

Advanced Armor

  • Materials to support next generation ballistic protection.

Mobility/Agility

  • Enhancement platforms such as powered/unpowered exoskeletons.

Situational Awareness (SA)

  • Technology that promotes timely, relevant, and accurate assessment of friendly, enemy and other operations within the battle space in order to facilitate decision making.

Light/Noise Discipline

  • Technology that aids in concealment from the observation of the enemy.

Command, Control, Communications & Computers (C4)

  • Technology supporting conformable & wearable antennae and wearable computers.

Individual soldier combat ready displays

  • Technology supporting information display, and potentially utilization of cognitive thoughts and the surrounding environment to display personalized information.

Power generation and management

  • Technology includes soldier power generation systems, power scavenging, renewable energy, power distribution, power management, and power storage solutions that are light weight, and soldier portable/wearable.

Thermal management of suit occupant

  • Technology to manage heat to reduce the soldiers’ metabolic rate and prolong endurance.

Medical

  • Embedded monitoring, oxygen systems, wound stasis, electromechanical compensation.

The NCMBC POC for this opportunity is Jeff Gowen, gowenj@ncmbc.us, 910-678-0049.

Recent Federal Contract Awarded to NC Firm

Ayak LLC, Southport, N.C. (Brunswick County), was awarded a maximum $7,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for repair, replacement and installation of various electrical distribution components. Work will include overhead, underground and facilities electrical distribution components. Electrical distribution includes all facility electrical distribution systems such as overhead and underground distribution lines from delivery points to all main service entrance demand meters at buildings, including substations and accessories along with secondary drops to the building service disconnect or first connection into a building’s electrical system.

Work will be performed at Joint Base Charleston, Goose Creek and North, S.C., with an expected completion date of Sept. 15, 2018. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and six offers were received. No funds will be obligated at time of award.

The 628th Contracting Squadron located at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity (FA4418-13-D-0009).

Announcing the Charlotte and Wilmington Defense Contractor Academies

Announcing the Charlotte and Wilmington Defense Contractor Academies

Provided by:


Purpose.  The Defense Contractor Academy will offer advanced instruction and a certificate of completion to existing, small business defense contractors to provide the tools needed to grow the defense contracting portion of their business portfolio.  Each Academy day will include presentation of material and either a panel or guest business(es) to discuss their experiences regarding the topic of the session.

When. 

  • Charlotte: October 28 – 30, 2013
  • Wilmington:  December 10 – 12, 2013

Schedule.  A full class schedule is available at each respective Academy’s website:

Registration.   Registration for each Academy is available on the above websites.

Who can attend from your company?  Companies may send different individuals from their organization to attend specific sessions of the Academy (i.e. the chief financial officer to attend the accounting and financing classes, business developer to attend Fundamentals and Source Selection sessions, etc.)

Cost.   The entire Academy (all classes and materials) is a total of $110.00 per person.

Previous Participant Testimonials.

There is no greater agency [NCMBC] that focuses on the opportunities to provide a multitude of service to our armed forces.  The people at NCMBC are always eager to assist anyone that wants to learn about what’s out there for their services and to expand their market share. The academies are always informative and will leave you with a better appreciation of what this agency and its people are trying to accomplish. It’s well worth the ‘adventure’ to attend any of these activities and you’ll learn something new every time. Don’t pass any opportunity to attend. If you don’t go, someone else will,” Jim Brylski, DOT Advisor, Raleigh, NC.

Words can not explain what the week with Defense Contractor Academy was like. It was a wealth of information that you and your company can use for years to come. With that our Company has begin to work with varies contractors on some Government Projects. Hats off to Ms. Smedick and all who participated in educating us of such great opportunity,” Corine Thomas, Stinson Trucking, Charlotte, NC.

As a marketing manager, some of my main objectives are to generate opportunities and support our sales team. The knowledge I gained at the Defense Contractor Academy opened new avenues and helped me formulate successful strategies to maximize our small business classification. Overall, the instructors were engaging and the information was presented in a way that was easy to understand. And the way some of the government info is written, that is no easy task. I would highly recommend it for any marketing professional who sells directly or indirectly to the government,” Geoff Jones, BTC Electronic Components, Wake Forest, NC.

I attended the Defense Contractors Academy, March 2012. I found that the class was filled with information to help me better understand how to grow in this industry. The agenda covered many gray areas that helped to promote my organization to it’s fullest. The instructors and the guest that held the classes taught with simplicity and gave a detailed view of there expertise. Networking in the classroom expanded the potential client and contacts resources. I would suggest to anyone that is looking to tap into Government contracts, to get involved with this program. You will be astonished at the opportunities that are available,” Teri Wilson, BALANCE Environmental, Charlotte, NC

Business Spotlight: Lamb Designs

Who we are -
Lamb Designs is an award-winning, full-service advertising agency located in Sanford, North Carolina.  Founded in 1995 and having been in business in North Carolina since October 2000, Lamb Designs has serviced the creative needs of a variety of both local and national clients in both military and private sectors alike. Lamb Designs has an extensive background working with the military and government agencies including the US Army Reserves, Lockheed Martin, US DOE, US DOD, and NASA.

Our Mission -
To build memorable brands and to tell our clients’ stories through the most effective and efficient methods possible, saving our clients both time and money.  We provide a “big-agency” look, without the “big-agency” price.  We do this by keeping overhead to a minimum.  Lamb Designs partners with other companies that are industry leaders in their own respective fields.  This allows us to create customized teams for each project we handle.  We are able to offer our customers a tailored fit that most other agencies cannot.  We are not restricted to using staff members who may or may not have specific industry experience for the project at hand.  We also pride ourselves on our customer service.  We strive to make every client feel like they are our most important one.  In fact, nearly all of our business has come from customer referrals.  We realize that without our clients’ support, Lamb Designs wouldn’t exist.

What we do -
At Lamb Designs, we have a passion for advertising.  Being a full-service agency, we are truly a one-stop solution for our clients’ creative needs.  Services include: graphic design, print media development, book design and publishing, illustration, web design and tier 1 website hosting, interactive cd/dvd development, corporate identity development, ad campaigns, trade show display creation, video/commercial production, copywriting, print brokering, media buying/placement, and more.

Contact Us -
Visit our website – http://www.LambDesigns.com or see our latest book design for the US Army Reserve History Division http://www.usar.army.mil/ourstory/History/Documents/Indispensable_Force_low.pdf

Web: http://www.LambDesigns.com
Email: greg@LambDesigns.com
Phone: 919.777.9222
Fax: 919.777.9229

Recent Federal Contracts Awarded to NC Firms

Congratulations from the NC Military Business Center!

SDV Command Source, LLC of Winston-Salem, NC (Forsyth County) was awarded a $1,443,585.00 contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Black Hills for Prosthetics Eyeglass Contract.  Contract number:  VA263-13-D-0129.

Evergreen Medical Services, Inc. of Hendersonville, NC (Henderson County) was awarded a $100,219.00 contract with the Department of Justice for Medical Vacuum Pump Purchase and Installation.  Contract number.  DJBP0106MX1001.

Kidde Technologies, Inc of Wilson, NC (Wilson County) was awarded a $38,736.00 contract with the Department of the Air Force, Hill AFB for Ammunition and Explosives.  Contract Number:  FA8213-13-M-0018.

Clarity Communications Group, Inc. of Raleigh, NC (Wake County) was awarded a $40,400.00 contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs for Gigabit Internet Service Durham to NCP RFP.  Contract Number: VA246-13-C-0050.

BGSE Group, LLC of Denver, NC (Lincoln County) was awarded a $37,524.96 contract from the Department of the Navy for Hz Converter.  Contract Number: N00189-13-P-0531.

C&S Antennas, Inc. of Hickory, NC (Catawba County) was awarded a $101,008.00 contract from the Department of the Army, DLA Aberdeen for Connectors, Electrical.  Contract Number: W15P7T09DH006XO01.

Scott Technologies, Inc. of Monroe, NC (Union County) was awarded a $149,842.00 contract from the Defense Logistics Agency for Amplifier, Audio.  Contract Number: SPM7MC13V7090.

Janitorial Specialists…and More, Inc. of Albemarle, NC (Stanly County) was awarded a $141,933.74 contract from the Department of the Army for Option: 81st RSC Janitorial Services.  Contract Number:  W912C6-13-C-0006.

Oak Island Accommodations of Oak Island, NC (Brunswick County) was awarded a $786,463.19 contract with the Department of the Army for Lodging and Meals – Sunny Point, NC.  Contract Number: W91247-13-C-0011.

Blashfield Signs of Fayetteville, NC (Cumberland County) was awarded a $19,590.60 contract with the Department of the Army for Design and Install Signage.  Contract Number: W91247-13-P-0041.

Janitorial Specialists…and More, Inc.
of Albemarle, NC (Stanly County) was awarded a $97,236.95 contract from the Department of the Army for Custodial Services.  Contract Number:  W912C6-13-C-004.

Recent Federal Contracts Award to NC Firms

Congratulations from the NC Military Business Center!

Thalle Construction Inc., Hillsborough, NC (Orange County), was awarded a $31,849,380 firm-fixed-price, non-option eligible, non-multi-year contract for construction and associated activities of various projects in and around the Herbert Hoover Dike Culverts. Performance location will be Moore Haven, Fla., with funding from fiscal 2013 other authorizations funds. This contract was a competitive acquisition via the web with three bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Jacksonville District, Jacksonville, Fla. is the contracting activity (W912EP-13-C-0025).

Department of the Navy’s 4th Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference

Welcome to the Department of the Navy’s 4th

Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support

Conference

“Hiring our Nation’s Heroes ~ Meet the Challenge. Hire a Veteran!”
October 16-17, 2013 Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown, 3415 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, NC. The conference is sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower & Reserve Affairs, Department of the Navy and co-hosted by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command, U.S Naval Air Systems Command and the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. The conference is supported by DON’s Office of Civilian Human Resources, Navy Safe Harbor Program, Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment and the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service.

Purpose:
The conference brings together government, military and industry leaders that are committed to hiring and supporting Wounded Warriors in the workplace. These leaders and organizations can offer innovative strategies for successful reintegration, while remaining conscious that today’s fiscal environment makes this commitment increasingly challenging. This forum promotes career development and long-term employment, emphasizing the importance of education, training and monitoring. The theme of the conference is “Hiring Our Nation’s Heroes ~ Meet the Challenge – Hire a Veteran!”.

Intended Audience:
The audience will include senior federal, military and industry leaders of the public and private sector, along with their respective human resource professionals and hiring managers; Wounded Warriors and other veterans.

Fees:
THE CONFERENCE IS FREE, but registration is required. Parking is available at no charge on-site. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Conference POC:
For more information please contact the Conference Management Team at  nssc_wwarriorhiring@navy.mil

Dress Code:
Military: Uniform of the Day (both attendees and speakers)
Civilian: Business Suit

For more information, visit: http://www.navsea.navy.mil/WWemployment/pages/EventInformation.aspx.

Army Announces First Power Purchase Agreement Awards for Solar Technologies

From 114 bids, the Army announced that multiple awards were issued to 22 companies in response to the Army’s Solicitation for Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the use of solar technology.  The total maximum award amount for all renewable technologies, including these awards, is estimated at $7 billion.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Support Center, Huntsville, Al., is the contracting activity.

These PPA provide for the purchase of energy from renewable and alternative energy production facilities which are designed, financed, constructed, operated and maintained by private sector entities on private land or on installations under jurisdiction of the Department of Defense.  These awards are multiple-vendor, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, non-option, non-multi-year contracts.  The performance location and funding will be determined with each order.

Companies winning awards and the corresponding contract number are:

 

  1. Acciona Energy North America Corp., Chicago, Il (W912DY-13-D-0027)
  2. Apex Wind Energy Holdings, LLC, Charlottesville, Va (W912DY-13-D-0028)
  3. Borrego Solar, San Diego, Ca (W912DY-13-D-0029)
  4. Cobra Industrial Services, Inc., Houston, Tx (W912DY-13-D-0030)
  5. Dominion Energy, Inc., Richmond, Va (W912DY-13-D-0031)
  6. Element Power US, LLC., Portland, Or (W912DY-13-D-0032)
  7. Emerald Infrastructure, San Antonio, Tx (W912DY-13-D-0033)
  8. Enel Green Power North America (W912DY-13-D-0034)
  9. Energy Matters, LLC, Arlington, Va (W912DY-13-D-0035)
  10. Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation, Springfield, NJ (W912DY-13-D-0036)
  11. Johnson Controls Government Systems, Milwaukee, Wi (W912DY-13-D-0037)
  12. Lend Lease, Nashville, Tn (W912DY-13-D-0038)
  13. LTC Federal, LLC, Detroit, Mi (W912DY-13-D-0039)
  14. New Generation Power, Chicago, Il (W912DY-13-D-0040)
  15. NRG Energy, Inc., Princeton, NJ (W912DY-13-D-0041)
  16. Photon Finance, LLC Sunpower, Mountain View, Ca (W912DY-13-D-0042)
  17. Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., Arlington, Va (W912DY-13-D-0043)
  18. Silverado Power, LLC, San Francisco, Ca (W912DY-13-D-0044)
  19. Solar Power Ventures, Arlington, Va (W912DY-13-D-0045)
  20. Standard Solar, Inc., Rockville, Md (W912DY-13-D-0046)
  21. Sunpower Corporation, Richmond, Ca (W912DY-13-D-0047)
  22. Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., Mclean, Va (W912DY-13-D-0048)

NCMBC Welcomes Boyce Haywood to the Team!

NC Military Business Center Appoints Boyce Haywood to Provide Business Development Services to North Carolina Companies

GOLDSBORO (AUGUST 22, 2013) – The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Boyce Haywood as a Military Coordinator, Business Development Specialist.  Serving businesses statewide (from Wayne Community College), Mr. Haywood will identify contract opportunities, source them to businesses across the state and provide one-on-one assistance to help businesses compete for, win and grow jobs through federal contracts.

“The business development team is the heart of the NCMBC,” said Scott Dorney, NCMBC Executive Director.  “Boyce will leverage his military and federal contracting experience to assist businesses in winning and successfully executing federal contracts.”

As a member of the NCMBC’s business development team, Mr. Haywood will identify future and current federal prime and subcontracting opportunities, identify and notify companies of these opportunities and provide one-on-one assistance to help companies bid on and win contracts.  Mr. Haywood will focus on contract opportunities at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, US Postal Service and military medical purchase requirements.  He will also provide training and counseling services in federal contracting to businesses in six counties of eastern North Carolina, including Duplin, Green, Johnston, Lenoir, Wayne & Wilson.

Prior to joining the NCMBC, Mr. Haywood served as a purchasing agent with the NC Department of Administration and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission supporting 35 state agencies in North Carolina.  Mr. Haywood also served as the purchasing supervisor with the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune, supporting 40,000 Marines.  Additionally, Mr. Haywood worked as an acquisition analyst with CACI, deploying to Iraq for 18 months.

Mr. Haywood is a retired US Air Force Senior Master Sergeant and former Contracting Officer.  He retired as the 4th Contracting Squadron Superintendent/First Sergeant.  While serving, Mr. Haywood’s assignments included Comiso, Italy, Torrejon, Spain, Misawa, Japan and Okinawa, Japan, with deployments to Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Malaysia, Australia and Thailand.

For full contact information for Mr. Haywood, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us or email him at ncmbc@waynecc.edu.

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The NCMBC is a component of the NC Community College System, headquartered at
Fayetteville Technical Community College (2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC, 28303).

NC Military Energy Roundtable

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association are pleased to announce the 2013 North Carolina Military Energy Roundtable at Wake Tech Community College on September 4, 2013.

Hosted by:

   

 

WHEN.  September 4, 2013 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

WHERE.  Wake Tech Community College – Main Campus

Student Services Building – Conference and Events Center

9101 Fayetteville Road

Raleigh, NC

PARKING.  Parking is on a first come, first served basis.  Park in designated parking areas only, do not park in spaces marked “Reserved” or “Staff”.

CAMPUS MAP.  Click here and review the “Main Campus” map.

PURPOSE.  This special statewide Roundtable, co-hosted by the NC Military Business Center and the NC Sustainable Energy Association, will provide a forum for the exchange of information tailored to address the particular needs of installations and federal agencies in North Carolina looking to meet their mission requirements, federal goals and mandated targets for utilizing energy from renewable sources.  The Roundtable, in four consecutive sessions, will focus on the needs and interests of military installations, the capacity of NC business to meet those needs and interests, statutory and regulatory barriers to distributed generation in NC, and possible pathways to overcome those barriers.  Roundtable participants will include installation and senior military officials, renewable energy and related businesses, utility representatives, and NC regulators and legislators.

AGENDA.

8:30 – 9:00
Registration
9:00 – 9:15
Welcome introductions of Roundtable Participants
9:15 – 10:00
Session 1 – Needs and Interests of Military Installations
10:00 – 10:15
Break
10:15– 11:00
Session 2: NC Business Capacity to Meet Military Installation Needs and
Interests
11:00 – 11:45
Session 3: Barriers to Meeting Military Installations Needs and Interests
11:45—12:45
Lunch and Networking
12:45 – 1:30
Session 4: The Road Ahead – Overcoming Barriers to Meeting Installations Needs and Interests
1:30 – 2:00
Final comments , Q & A, Networking

REGISTRATION.  Registration is required, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/NCMER.php.

Military and Manufacturing Vendor Fair and Networking Event

The North Carolina Military Business Center and Montie Design are pleased to host the Military and Manufacturing Vendor Fair and Networking Event on September 26, 2013 at the NC Biotechnology Center.

When.  September 26, 2013

Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Location.  Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park (RTP)

 

Event Description:  Getting a product to market takes a trusted chain of vendors.  Military contractors, manufacturers and start ups all rely on vendors to provide capabilities that they already have.  This event is designed to introduce you to vendors that can help you design your product, prototype and manufacture it using vendors with a local presence.  The focus of this event is mechanical engineering, rapid prototyping, machining, and manufacturing.  The target industries include:

  • mechanical engineering
  • industrial design
  • rapid prototyping
  • machining
  • original equipment manufacturers
  • contract manufacturers
  • electrical engineering
  • firmware / embedded
  • software development
  • component providers
  • vendors supporting these industries.

 

Purpose:  Introduce military contractors, manufacturers and start up companies to the locally represented design and manufacturing vendors in a relaxed environment without the high costs of going to a national trade show.  Also provide networking opportunities between vendors and clients.

 

GoalStrengthen the local military and manufacturing community and supply chain.

 

Value to Attendees:  This event gives you convenient access to a wide variety of local vendors who can help you move from concept to engineering to manufacturing and distribution.  You’ll have the opportunity to participate in focused industry panels and meet with vendors in a relaxed environment.

Value to Vendors:  This is low cost way to reach out to hundreds of potential customers and clients.  Participating  as a panel member is another way to reach attendees as valued expert.

 

Event Date:  Thursday, Sept 26

Time:  8:00AM to 5:0PM

Location:  Biotechnology Center in RTP

Expected Attendees:  250

 

Pre Event Setup for Vendors:  Wednesday, Sept 25

Time:  3:00PM to 5:00PM

 

Pre-Event Mixer:  Wednesday, Sept 25

Time:  6:00PM to 8:00PM

Location:  Tentatively Rally Point Grill, Harrison Ave.

Expected Attendees:  100

Cost:  $10 / person for appetizer buffet

Contact:  Drew – 919-201-5242 [cell]

 

Detailed Event Schedule

7:30 – Registration and Setup

8:00 – Breakfast and Networking / Exhibits Open

8:45 to 9:30 – Keynote Speaker

9:30 to 10:00 – Time to Visit Exhibits and Network

10:00 – 11:30 – Panels

Time Panel 1 Panel 2
11:00-11:25 Machining / Manufacturing Technology Electrical Engineering Product Development

11:30 to 12:00 – Time to Visit Exhibits and Network

12:00-1:00 – Lunch and Speaker

1:00-2:30 – Panels

Time Panel 3 Panel 4
1:00-1:25 Mechanical Engineering / Aerospace Product Development Firmware / Embedded Systems

2:30 to 3:00 – Time to Visit Exhibits and Network

3:00-4:30 – Panels

Time Panel 5 Panel 6
3:00-4:30 Rapid Prototyping Innovation / Invention

4:30-5:00 Networking

5:00-6:00 Exhibitor Breakdown

Note:  Exhibit hall is open all day.

 

REGISTRATION.  Registrations is required.  To register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/ManufacturingEvent.php.

2013 Government Freight Business Development Symposium

2013 Government Freight Business Development Symposium

Wednesday – August 28, 2013  8:30am to 4pm

   Location – North Carolina Biotechnology Center                    

                     15 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC

                                   27709-3547  Ph. 919.549.8882

 

Speakers/Topics

Tom B. Kretsinger – President Act Logistics Group Inc.

TOPIC: Trucking Industry Issues including; Macro & Micro Economics, Business issues, Regulatory Surprises, Legal issues & the effects of new legislation on the industry.

Bill Greuling – Operations Manager for the North Carolina Military Business Center

            TOPIC: The NCMBC, their mission and how they can assist organizations seeking Gov. Contracts.

Jay Ruais – TIA Government Affairs Manager

TOPIC: The TIA including; their mission, goals and the impact of their organization on the Transportation Industry.

Robbie Watlington - President HLC Government Services

TOPIC: The GSA (General Services Administration) – GSA Schedules, Tariff Rates, opportunities and recent changes.

Allen Brown – Mgr. Gov. Freight Development, Gov. Division for Fikes Truck Line/FTL Logistics.

TOPIC: How to be an effective DOD approved Transportation Service Provider.

Jim Bock – Operation Manager HLC Government Services

            TOPIC: FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation) Based Contracts.

 

For more information or to register, visit: https://www.hlcgovservices.com/index.php/symposium.

News from the National Veterans Small Business Conference

News from the National Veterans Small Business Conference:

According to the Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs:

In 2012, the VA far exceeded the government-wide goal for veteran-owned business procurement.  The federal government-wide goal was 3% versus the actual VA result of 21.8% contractual awards to veteran-owned businesses.  This percentage even surpassed the VA’s own internal goal of 12%.

Secretary Shinseki stated that the VA will continue to be the forefront federal agency for veteran-owned business awards and exceed even these current numbers for the years ahead.  

News from the National Veterans Small Business Conference

News from the National Veterans Small Business Conference:

According to Joe Jordan, Administrator of Federal Procurement Policy of Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the VA has increased the SDVOSB annually federal contracted awards by 950% since 2004!  One billion dollars was awarded in federal contracts to SDVOSB’s in 2004 versus 12 billion dollars awarded to SDVOSB’s in 2012!  

This is a very good reason why all service-disabled veteran small business owners to need to properly certify their businesses ASAP!

Enable America Fort Bragg Program – Aug 28, 2013

“Good things happen when people have jobs”- Richard Salem, Founder and CEO Enable America

Enable America is partnering with Duke Energy and the Warrior Transition Battalion at Ft. Bragg to offer a Job Seekers Workshop for Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans on August 28, 2013 at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) Ft. Bragg.   Joining us to present the workshop and provide career coaching will also be volunteer human resource professionals from North Carolina employers including Lenovo, Eaton Corporation, Lowe’s, and Time Warner Cable.   Feel free to refer any wounded warriors/disabled veterans you might be working with to this workshop to help them prepare for their job search and make valuable contacts at these employers.   Attendees should register at the link provided in the attached flyer and upload a resume if available.

Enable America is a nonprofit 501 c 3 organization dedicated to increasing employment for wounded warriors, disabled veterans and persons with disabilities by coordinating Job Seeker Workshops and Career Mentoring Days with leading employers.   There is no fee for service members or spouses to participate in Enable America programs.    For more information visit our website at www.EnableAmerica.org or contact Sandy Moonert at sandra.moonert@enableamerica.org.

Industry Keynote Announced: Aerospace Supplier Conference

Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Aerospace Alliance (NCAA), the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) and the North Carolina Department of Commerce will co-host the 2013 North Carolina Aerospace Supplier Conference in Winston-Salem, NC on August 15, 2013.

ASC

WHEN.  August 15, 2013

WHERE.  Benton Convention Center, 301 West 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

PROGRAM.  The North Carolina Aerospace Supplier Conference will provide opportunities for North Carolina companies to interact with Aerospace prime contractors, as they identify their defense and commercial aerospace projects and needs.  Senator Richard Burr will open the conference with keynote remarks.

INDUSTRY KEYNOTE SPEAKER.

A Senior Executive from UTC Aerospace Systems (UTC) will provide morning keynote remarks at the North Carolina Aerospace Supplier Conference on August 15, 2013.  Topics to be covered include: supply chain issues, supplier opportunities for North Carolina companies and UTC’s future in North Carolina and throughout the United States.

About UTC (utc.com, utcaerospacesystems.com).  UTC serves customers in the global aerospace and building systems industries.  UTC’s aerospace customers include governments, aircraft manufacturers and airlines.  UTC’s building systems customers include architects, building owners and managers, contractors, and property developers.  UTC’s supply chain includes more than 50,000 companies, and in 2010, UTC spent more than $30 billion on procurement.

UTC Supplier Gold, established in 2008, is a program to facilitate, accelerate and recognize superior supplier operational performance. The Supplier Gold Program recognizes four levels of supplier achievement – Gold (the highest standard), Performing, Progressing, and Underperforming. UTC expects 70 percent of UTC’s key and critical supplier spend to achieve either Gold or Performing, the highest levels, by the end of 2012.

UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products.  UTC designs, manufactures and services systems and components and provide integrated solutions for commercial, regional, business and military aircraft, helicopters and other platforms. UTC is also a major supplier to international space programs.

UTC Aerospace Systems was formed by combining two industry leaders, Hamilton Sundstrand and Goodrich, creating an organization with key positions on a wide range of aircraft flying today and substantial content on various UAVs, satellites and ground and naval vehicles.  Customers include original equipment manufacturers that build aircraft and helicopters, engine manufacturers, and airlines, as well as defense agencies and contractors.

UTC Aerospace Systems is part of UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems, which also includes jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney. UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems and Sikorsky Aircraft comprise the aerospace portfolio of United Technologies (NYSE:UTX), a diversified company that provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries.

UTC Aerospace Systems employs more than 40,000 people worldwide with approximate annual sales of $13 billion.

SPONSORSHIP.  Opportunities for sponsorship are available.  Sponsors are greatly appreciated and are thoroughly promoted before the event (in all marketing emails and on the event website) and acknowledged during the Conference.  The co-hosts could not provide this event – at a price point acceptable to small businesses – without generous support from both small and large business sponsors.  To review sponsorship opportunities, click here.  Contact Courtney Smedick for more information at 910-678-0193 or smedickc@ncmbc.us.

REGISTRATION. Registration for attendees and exhibitors are now available for this event.  Please note: Exhibit spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis and sell quickly.   Visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2013ASC.php for more information or to register.

CONTACT.

Expose your Small Business to over 29,000 people!

The AUSA understands that small businesses need some help to grow. So, for the first time, they will be featuring a Small Business Pavilion on the show floor at the 2013 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition. This year’s Expo will be held from 21-23 OCT 2013 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

For $55.00 a square foot, you can showcase your products and services to over 29,000 people from around the world, including senior leaders from the Army, Department of Defense and Congress. This is a great discount from the normal pavilion rates. And, that’s not all! As a small business, the AUSA will waive their membership fee requirement during the first year, saving you $6,000.00.

In order to qualify, your company must be classified as a “small business” (as defined by the Small Business Administration) and be a first-time exhibitor at this event. This includes all Corporate Members of AUSA that are classified as a small business. For more information, please call the AUSA reps at 703-907-2665 or simply fax back the completed contract to their attention at 703-243-2589.

For more info and to find contract materials, go to http://ausameetings.org/annual/first-time-small-business-pavilion/#

 

What is MatchForce?

What is MatchForce?

MatchForce is a FREE business development website managed by the NCMBC and hosted by the State of North Carolina. This online resource helps companies become successful in the Federal marketplace.

What does MatchForce do?

MatchForce matches North Carolina businesses to government contracts, government purchasers to NC suppliers, and job seekers to NC jobs.

Who can register?

Businesses, contracting officers, cardholders and job seekers can register, post, search and view opportunities.

NC Businesses can create a business profile on MatchForce to:

  1. List NAICS codes and keywords to match to federal contracts
  2. Learn about federal contract opportunities to compete for
  3. Post Jobs to match to potential employees
  4. Review individual profiles for potential qualified candidates for employment

Job Seekers can create an individual profile on MatchForce to:

  1. List your skill keywords to match to jobs
  2. Search jobs in your area

To create an account, go to: www.MatchForce.org. This is an easy step-by-step process. Be sure to add your NAICS codes and keywords, as this is how you get better matching to federal contracts or jobs. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any assistance with your account.

For further information or questions please contact the MatchForce Administrator, Alexa Dennis at: admin@matchforce.org

Business Spotlight: White Knuckle Graph-X

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White Knuckle Graph-X is a Veteran Owned Business based in Apex, North Carolina.  With over 15 years experience, we specialize in branding you or your business with Vehicle Wraps, Graphic Design and Signs of All Types.

Services that we provide:

WRAPS:  Not just for vehicles any more…Vehicle wraps, graphics & lettering, wall wraps and murals, floor & side walk graphics and non-traditional wraps such as refrigerators, vending machines, computers and anything else that vinyl will stick to!

GRAPHIC DESIGN:  Logo design, business cards, brochures, marketing & promotional materials and more!

SIGNS:  Interior, exterior, directional, lit, installation, maintenance, repair, cleaning and more!

Visit our website www.whiteknucklegraphx.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/WhiteKnuckleGraphX to see our project galleries.

Contact Info:
Web:  www.whiteknucklegraphx.com
Email:  chas@whiteknucklegraphx.com
Phone:  919.290.3819

 

If you would like your company to be featured in the business spotlight section, please email your content to Courtney Smedick at smedickc@ncmbc.us.

*The NC Military Business Center, the NC Community College System, and the State of North Carolina do not officially validate, warrant or endorse events, companies or activities listed on this website. These items are posted strictly for the information and convenience of NCMBC customers.

2013 Procurement Summit for Veteran-Owned Businesses

July 23-24 – SPECIAL EVENT

2013 Procurement Summit, Sponsored by NC VetBiz.

http://ncvetbiz.org/home/ncvetbiz-home.php

Invitees: All NC Veterans.

Date/Time: July 23rd, 2013 Networking Kick-Off, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
July 24th, 2013, All Day Summit, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

Location: Embassy Suites Fayetteville/FT Bragg
4760 Lake Valley Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28303
910.826.3600

Program: The General Session will have a Veterans Legislative Update and the Economic Forecast. Learn about the VA Verification Process and Global Business Opportunities during the Breakout Sessions. There will be a Business Matchmaking Session to meet private sector corporations and the federal government.

Cost/Registration: Costs vary. http://ncvetbiz.org/home/ncvetbiz-home.php
If the link does not work, go to www.ncvetbiz.org

For more information, please contact:

Mark M. Haupt
SBA NC Veterans Champion
President, NC Veterans Business Association
919.255.2515
Markh@ncvetbiz.org
www.ncvetbiz.org

Link1 – http://ncvetbiz.org/home/ncvetbiz-home.php
Link2 – www.ncvetbiz.org

US Navy Awards $899.5 Million Cyber Operations Contracts

The Department of Defense announced on JUL 16 that the US Navy has awarded indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contracts to 13 companies for integrated cyber operations services.  Services to be performed potentially include research, development, test, evaluation, production and fielding of sustainable, secure, survivable, and interoperable command, control, communication, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C5ISR), information operations, enterprise information services (EIS) and space capabilities.  The estimated value of the base year is $179.9 million, and the maximum value if all options are executed to 2018 is $899.5 million.  Awardees include:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, VA
  • CACI Technologies Inc., Chantilly, VA
  • Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, VA
  • General Dynamics One Source LLC, Fairfax, VA
  • Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., Columbia, MD
  • Engility Corp., Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Lockheed Martin Services Inc., Gaithersburg, MD
  • Science Applications International Corp., McLean, VA
  • Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, GA
  • Secure Mission Solutions, Fairfax, VA
  • STG Inc., Reston, VA
  • Systems Research and Applications Corp., Fairfax, VA
  • URS Federal Services Inc., Germantown, MD

For more information, contact Mickey Finn with the NCMBC at finnm@ncmbc.us.  To read the DoD announcement, click on the link below.

http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5086

Contracts Announced by Federal Agencies

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

The following federal contracts were announced by federal agencies as having been awarded to companies operating in North Carolina.
*** MILITARY $48.48 Million Federal Contract Awarded to Isometrics — Isometrics Inc., Reidsville, N.C., was awarded a $48,480,975 federal contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., for the procurement of tank rack modules and associated services.

*** MILITARY $4.85 Million Federal Contract Awarded to Isometrics — Isometrics Inc., Reidsville, N.C., won a $4,849,035 federal contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., for storage tanks.

*** MILITARY $75,201 Federal Contract Awarded to Sunray — Sunray Inc., Rutherfordton, N.C., won a $75,201.10 federal contract from the Defense Logistics Agency’s Defense Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio, for solid polyurethane tires.

*** MILITARY $3,140 Federal Contract Awarded to Northern New England Telephone Operations — Northern New England Telephone Operations LLC, Charlotte, N.C., won a $3,140.34 federal contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency, Belleville, Ill., for information technology services, including telecommunications services.

Diana Potts

CEO- G & E Advisors

Managing Partner- G & E Partners

 

Army Selects 6 for C4 Services IDIQ—Congratulations to Sierra Nevada Telecommunication Systems!

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

Army Selects 6 for C4 Services IDIQ—Congratulations to Sierra Nevada Telecommunication Systems!

The U.S. Army has awarded six companies positions on a potential $48 million contract to provide command, control, communications and computer support services for users based at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Ten bids were submitted to the Army via the Internet for the firm-fixed-price, multi-year, multiple-award contract.  Appropriation types will be determined with each order and the Army Contracting Command’s office at Fort Detrick, Md. is the contracting activity. Awardees include: By Light Professional IT Services Cytech Communications D & S Consultants iGov Technologies Sierra Nevada Telecommunication Systems – See more at: http://www.govconwire.com/2013/07/army-selects-6-for-c4-services-idiq/?goback=%2Egde_5091492_member_257766536#sthash.pYjeUEkS.dpuf

Diana Potts

CEO- G & E Advisors

Managing Partner- G & E Partners

True or False? You can only be a subcontractor if you do not have a contract vehicle.

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

 

True or False? You can only be a subcontractor if you do not have a contract vehicle. FALSE!

While some may believe this to be the case, the fact is more than 60 federal agencies, boards and commissions contributed to more than $112 billion dollars in goods and services being procured via competitive and non-competitive definitive contracts this year.

With another $18 billion obligated through these vehicles for the year, leveraging information on how agencies or specific contracting offices buy this way, and what specifically they are purchasing, can help businesses develop a solid strategy for capturing and nurturing new opportunities.

Backcasting

www.USASpending.gov  and www.FFATA.org

These databases use exactly the same data but have different user interfaces and structure for displaying data.

Your searches will show you:

• Past contract actions based on your search terms

• A list of the top ten buying agencies related to that term

• The top ten contractors offering products or services related to the terms

• Options to select any agency, contract or contractor for a more detailed listing

• Options to refine my criteria and narrow the search

• Structured displays offering several levels of detail

• Options to sort the resulting data

• Options to export data to Excel, PDF or social media

 

Diana Potts

CEO- G & E Advisors

Managing Partner- G & E Partners

State and Local IT Market Forecast, 2013-2018

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

State and Local IT Market Forecast, 2013–2018

State and local demand for vendor-furnished IT systems and services will grow from $58.5 billion in 2013 to $68.6 billion in 2018, bringing $8.5 billion in new spending to the market at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2%.

Key forces currently shaping this market include:

— Stabilization of the improved economic and fiscal fundamentals of state and local governments, although local governments continue to lag behind states in terms of overall fiscal health.

— Governors declaring victory of fiscal crises and pivoting toward economic growth agendas that include significant investments in education, government performance, and workforce development.

— Implementation of technology to dramatically bend the cost curves in the Health Care, General Government Services and Justice/Public Safety verticals.

— Streamlining and reinvestment in enterprise IT infrastructures that were put on the backburner during the recession.

— Continued refresh of commodity IT such as PCs, printers, and LAN infrastructure that have reached the end of their lifecycles.

 

State, local, and educational purchasing of IT goods and services via GSA Schedule 70 is expected to grow from $700 million to $925 million between 2013 and 2017.

The key data include:

** The schedule is expected to enjoy a 6.9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during the period and will be the vehicle of choice for approximately 1.5% of total state and local IT spending throughout.

**534 GSA Schedule 70 contract holders used the vehicle to sell technology products and services to state and local governments in FY 2012. An additional 232 Schedule 84 contractors sold to state and local governments.

** Top 10 suppliers represent more than 53% of S&L Schedule 70 purchases.*

** Local governments and K-12 education organizations are historically more receptive to GSA Schedule 70 for the administrative and time savings, and leveraged pricing.

** 42 states (including their localities and public school districts) and the District of Columbia enjoy some eligibility to utilize the schedule.

** Thirteen Special Item Numbers (SINs) comprise the majority of schedule purchases.

 

Industry Offerings with Schedule Opportunity

Wireless Services

IT Services

Perpetual Software

Software Maintenance

IT Equipment

 

*Note: GSA does not identify purchasers in its quarterly sales numbers, so there is no centralized method to determine which governments are buying.

Diana Potts

CEO- G & E Advisors

Managing Partner- G & E Partners

Business Spotlight: Sure-Gen

Sure-Gen Inc. was started in April of 2000. During the first two years, the Company provided only switchgear repair and switchgear maintenance. Sure-Gen performed field service work for companies such as Woodward Governor Company, Caterpillar, General Electric, and NASA, just to name a few. These companies and others put Sure-Gen on the map in a big way. Sure-Gen traveled to almost every state in the USA, as well as to other countries, such as Asia, South Amer- ica, Marshall Islands, Europe and Africa. Sure-Gen, Inc. has also provided patented mobile switchgear for live television events such as Superbowl 35 & 36, Stanley Cup, Final Four, World Championship Wrestling, and NFL on CBS. This patented mobile switchgear was used to pro- vide redundant back up via generator and utility power. Central Broadcast Company now owns the patent for the mobile switchgear and still uses the product to this day.

Sure-Gen has constantly modified and improved its services over the years. In year 2002, Sure- Gen began to offer generator preventive maintenance service. We initiated this service through our switchgear customers’ needs and demands. While performing switchgear maintenance, the majority of the time we found that the generator that was being used with the switchgear was dirty, leaking oil or coolant, and was unable to start for testing. Our customers requested that we take over the whole system. We now look at the entire system as a single entity with our focus being on equipment sales, preventative maintenance and service.

Sure-Gen, Inc. prides itself in serving our community and the surrounding areas with quality service, a knowledgeable staff, and customer service that is unparalleled by our competitors. Our number one goal is to provide you with a genuine concern for your welfare, to assure you that we will perform the required task with maximum safety, and with an efficiency that will secure your confidence in our ability.

Sure-Gen Inc. continues to grow as the Southeast’s Premier Standby Power Generation Company due to our relentless focus of superior service and excellence to all our customers and we would like to welcome you to becoming one of our newest customers.

For more information, contact:

Phone: 866-787-3431 Fax: 910-253-0456 E-mail: skapparos@suregen.com

 

If you would like your company to be featured in the business spotlight section, please email your content to Courtney Smedick at smedickc@ncmbc.us.

*The NC Military Business Center, the NC Community College System, and the State of North Carolina do not officially validate, warrant or endorse events, companies or activities listed on this website. These items are posted strictly for the information and convenience of NCMBC customers.

Update on JanSan RFQ Release

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

Update on JanSan RFQ Release

Many of questions have been asked as to when the RFQ will be released for the JanSan and MRO FSSI.  GSA is in the final stages of receiving approval from the Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council (SSLC) and working to gather agency commitment letters.  Once this is complete they anticipate releasing the RFQ by late July or early August.

GSA Interact: JanSan Draft RFQ Is Ready!

FSSI stands for Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative, and was designed by the GSA to streamline the government’s purchasing process across multiple government agencies, in order to increase efficiency and save costs.

Currently, there are strategic sourcing solutions in place for wireless telecommunications, office supplies, express and ground domestic delivery services, print management, and computer software, with more to come.

OMB and GSA expect to implement an additional 10 FSSIs in FY2013. GSA has released its FSSI for Janitorial and Sanitation Products & Maintenance, Repair and Operations Products (JanSan & MRO). From an existing list of 6,461 JanSan & MRO contractors only 15 will be winners.

The General Services Administration (GSA), continuing the initiative begun by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in 2005 through its Chief Acquisition Officer Council (CAOC) to provide for strategic sourcing on a government-wide basis, seeks to establish five pools of Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) for Janitorial and Sanitation (JAN/SAN) supply products and commodities, against GSA’s Federal Supply Schedule 73, Food Service,

Hospitality, Cleaning Equipment and Supplies, Chemicals and Services; Federal Supply Schedule 51V Hardware Superstore; and Federal Supply Schedule 75, Office Products/Supplies and Services and New Products/Technology.

Two separate RFQs are being issued for the FSSI for JANSAN. The first RFQ will be for the Purchasing Based JANSAN Pools; the second RFQ will cover the Requisition via Global Supply.

While the FSSI is expected to result in savings to the federal government I anticipate this initiative will result in a drastic reduction in jansan vendors on the GSA schedule, with resulting economic losses. More importantly, the economic impact is expected to go far beyond GSA vendors. OMB intends to make the FSSI mandatory for the seven government agencies that collectively spend 90 percent of the annual US$539 billion in overall federal government spending.

All vendors selling Janitorial and Sanitation (JanSan) or Maintenance and Repair (MRO) products, supplies and SERVICES to the federal government GSA Schedule 51V – Hardware ; Schedule 56 – Buildings and Building Material/Industrial Services and Supplies; Schedule 73 – Food Service, Hospitality, Cleaning Equipment and Supplies, Chemicals and Services; Schedule 75 – Office Products/Supplies and Services and New Product/Technology; Schedule 81 IB – Shipping, Packaging and Packing Supplies are eligible to submit to the RFQ.

GSA’s FSSI JanSan and MRO initiatives will impact more than 20 federal agencies, both military and civilian, as active participants in this FSSI program. The FSSI program is intended to leverage the purchasing power of the federal government by awarding Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA)s to a select few vendors who will provide the federal government with the lowest price.

The solution will be available for use by the entire Federal Government. The total spend opportunity addressable through this solicitation is estimated to be more than $599 million annually. Several agencies are making various types of commitments to utilize the resultant BPAs.

 

The BPA has been divided into several sets of agreements and will be solicited under separate RFQs but will be covered under the FSSI JANSAN umbrella. There are five (5) basic pools, dividing the commodity up into core areas of concentration. In each of these five (5) pools, there will be three (3) BPAs established. Each of the five (5)

pools has a specified number of restricted BPAs for small business concerns.

The following Special Item Numbers are applicable to the procurement:

SIN 375-100, Vacuum Cleaner, Canister Type;

SIN 375-103, Vacuum Cleaner, Upright Type;

SIN 375-107, Vacuum Cleaner, Portable Hand Type;

SIN 375-117, Carpet Cleaner, including Shampooer, Extractor, Liquid or Powder;

SIN 375-125, Sweeper and Scrubber;

SIN 375-129, Floor Machine;

SIN 375-135, Accessories and Attachments;

SIN 375-139, Parts, Repair and Replacement, Miscellaneous for Cleaning Equipment;

SIN 200, Mops, Buckets, Wringers, Squeegees, Brooms, Brushes, Sponges, Scouring Pads,

Wiping Rags, Cleaning Cloths, Chamois, Polishing Pads, Cleaning Products, and Related Items;

SIN 375-321, Powdered and Liquid Machine Warewashing (Dishwashing) Compounds and

Rinse Additives;

SIN 323, Laundry Cleaner, Powdered and Liquid, and Dry Cleaning Chemicals;

SIN 375-341, Floor and Carpet Chemical Products;

SIN 375-351, Sorbents – Non-Marine Usage, Type I;

SIN 375-352, Sorbents – Non-Marine Usage, Type II;

SIN 373-353, Sorbents – Marine Usage, Type III;

SIN 375-355, Sorbent Accessories;

SIN 375-356, Sweeping Compounds, Biodegradable Cleaner/Degreaser (Water Based) Non-

Phenolic and Non-Petroleum;

SIN 375-362, Biodegradable Cleaner/Degreaser (Solvent Based) Non-Phenolic and Non-

Petroleum;

SIN 375-363, Cleaners/Degreasers;

SIN 375-364, Cleaner/Degreasers and Polishes;

SIN 375-368, Gloves, Cleaning, Rubber;

SIN 375-371, Cleaning Chemical Dispensing Equipment and Systems;

SIN 375-372, Cleaning Chemicals used with Dispensing Systems;

SIN 375-99, Introductions of New Products/Services Relating to Cleaning Equipment, Janitorial

Supplies, Cleaning Chemicals and Sorbents;

SIN 384-2, Office Recycling Containers and Waste Receptacles;

SIN 384-4, Outdoor Recycling Containers and Waste Receptacles;

SIN 384-9, Industrial Trash Storage Containers;

SIN 384-99, Introductions of New Services and Products Relating to Recycling Containers and

Waste Receptacles;

SIN 476-12, Sterilants, Surgical Scrubs, and Related Products;

SIN 476-13, Disinfectants;

SIN 507-2, Permanent/Disposable Dispenser Housing and Refills for the Control of General

Institutional Airborne Odors, Smoke and Sanitizing Surfaces:

SIN 507-4, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Liquid, Powder, and/or Gel and Product;

SIN507-8, Sanitizers for Food Handling Areas;

SIN 507-99, Introductions of New Products/Services Related to Chemicals and Chemical

Products:

SIN 658-1, Water Purification Chemicals;

SIN 681-1, Road Stabilization/Ice Melting Chemicals or Chemical Formulations;

SIN 852-1, Toiletries;

SIN 852-2, Personal Care Articles;

SIN 852-99, Introduction of New Products/Services relating to Toiletries, Personal Care

Articles, and Hospitality Supplies and Services;

SIN105-001, Hardware Store, Home Improvement Center, or JANSAN – Store Front;

SIN 105-002, Hardware Store, Home Improvement Center, or JANSAN – Catalog;

SIN 75-85, Restroom Products;

SpeedNet

NCMBC is supporting this opportunity to WOSB’s in North Carolina to introduce themselves to US Navy IT opportunities at SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic.  This is a lucrative market that has some North Carolina businesses already involved.  If you are interested in this market, and you should be if you are in IT, you should avail yourself of the opportunity described below.

SpeedNet
Date:  18 Jul 13
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Trident Technical Community College, North Gate, 7000 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406

Speed Networking (SpeedNet) can yield up to 15 new contacts and opportunities in just one hour and is the best way to optimize everyone’s time and present a level playing field to all participants. This SpeedNet, which follows the quarterly Small Business and Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI), sponsored by the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA). will focus on providing small businesses the opportunity to meet and engage with government agencies and large businesses.  SpeedNet fosters mentoring relationships within the DoD industry in the Charleston, SC and greater Southeast Region areas. Take advantage of this free networking opportunity!

All interested small & large businesses are invited to register by emailing: speednet@widpalmettochapter.org

Detailed information can be found below:

TRIDENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE
The College Center at the Complex for Economic Development Culinary Institute of Charleston Building 920, 7000 Rivers Ave. North Charleston, SC. 29406

Please submit your Questions through our app www.themislive.com or scan the QR. Use the conference key sbioi. All questions are submitted anonymously.

7:30 Continental Breakfast / Networking / Sign In

8:00 Introduction and Welcome

8:10 SPAWARSYSCEN LANT CO Welcome

8:20 SPAWARSYSCEN LANT Overview

8:50 SPAWARSYSCEN LANT FY13 Acquisition Strategy

9:20 Networking Break

9:50 SPAWARSYCEN LANT Integrated Cyber Operations Portfolio Brief

10:20 SPAWARSYSCEN LANT 5.8 Competency Brief

10:50 RSDC Group (Small Business)

11:05 DuraBante (Small Business)

11:20 KPS (Small Business)

11:35 F-5 (Large Business)

11:45 CDCA Interns

12:00-1:00

12:00 Attendees get lunches

Lunch

12:50 Announcements

1:00 SPAWARSYSCEN LANT Small Business Update

1:15 SSC ATLANTIC Contracts Update

1:45 Networking Break

2:00-3:30 SPAWARSYSCEN LANT Technology Exchange

3:30-4:30 Women in Defense Speed Networking

To register, contact Cynthia Holt at (843) 324-2661 or email to her:  cynthia@charlestondca.org

NCMBC Welcomes Greg Ryan!

NC Military Business Center Appoints Greg Ryan to Provide Business Development Services to North Carolina Companies

JACKSONVILLE (JULY 1, 2013) – The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Ryan as a Military Coordinator, Business Development Specialist.  Serving businesses statewide (from Coastal Carolina Community College), Mr. Ryan will identify contract opportunities, source them to businesses across the state and provide one-on-one assistance to help businesses compete for, win and grow jobs through federal contracts.

“The business development team is the heart of the NCMBC,” said Scott Dorney, NCMBC Executive Director.  “Greg will leverage 20 years of military, federal contracting and entrepreneurship experience to assist businesses in winning and successfully executing federal contracts.”

As a member of the NCMBC’s business development team, Mr. Ryan will identify future and current federal prime and subcontracting opportunities, identify and notify companies of these opportunities and provide one-on-one assistance to help companies bid on and win contracts.  Mr. Ryan will focus on contract opportunities at Camp Lejeune, Camp Geiger, Camp Johnson, MCAS New River, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune and military food sales opportunities. He will also provide training and counseling services in federal contracting to businesses in four counties of eastern North Carolina, including Brunswick, Duplin, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow & Pender.

Mr. Ryan also serves as a joint plans officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.  Mr. Ryan received his Master’s degree in Finance from Northeastern University and his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

For full contact information for Mr. Ryan, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/contact_us.php or email him at ryang@coastalcarolina.edu.

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The NCMBC is a component of the NC Community College System, headquartered at
Fayetteville Technical Community College (2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC, 28303).

Healthcare Reform and Human Resource Issues Training

Upcoming healthcare reform will have an impact on all businesses, large or small. In an effort to inform and prepare defense contractors and other businesses and make them aware of key issues, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) and the Small Business Center at Wake Technical Community College are hosting two lunch-and-learn workshops at Wake Tech’s Western Campus at Millpond Village. Our state’s defense contractors and businesses will benefit greatly by attending both sessions.

The sessions will be offered free; attendees must bring their own lunch.

Where.  The workshops will be held in Room 118 at the Western Campus located at 3434 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, North Carolina 27518

When.

Thursday, July 25, 2013 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Session 1. Healthcare Issues: Healthcare Reform
A. Community Rating: How the healthcare market and pricing model is fundamentally changing
B. Compliance: What should small employers be aware of under healthcare reform

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Session 2. Human Resources 101: Things to consider when building your HR department
A. Components of an HR Infrastructure
B. How to use HR to bid/win contracts

Guest presenter: Mr. Todd Bidwell, the District Manager for the Raleigh offices of Insperity, Inc., a leading provider of human resources and business performance solutions for America’s best businesses.  Insperity business performance solutions support more than 100,000 businesses with over 2 million employees. With 2010 revenues in excess of $1.7 billion, Insperity operates in 58 offices throughout the United States. For more information, visit http://www.insperity.com

Registration. This is a free event; however, registration is required.  To register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/HealthCareReform.php.

Contact.  For more information on this training, please contact TJ Haney at haneyb@faytechcc.edu.

PurThread Wins 2013 American Technology Award

PurThread Wins 2013 American Technology Award

 

As a company so steeped in scientific research and technology innovation, we’re extremely proud to have won this year’s American Technology Award in the Advanced or Technology Manufacturing category, [[http://purthread.com/purthread-wins-2013-american-technology-award/  ]]which is focused on the rapid transfer of science and technology into manufacturing products and processes.

The awards are presented at the annual Technology and Government dinner in Washington, DC that celebrates the partnership between industry and government.  Sponsored by the TechAmerica Foundation, the awards honor product excellence across the U.S. technology sector as determined by a panel of industry and technology experts.

The list of winners reads like a who’s who in technology and includes such giants as Google, Cloudera and FlashArray. [[http://www.techamericafoundation.org/american-technology-awards

We very much appreciate the recognition and affirmation of PurThread’s innovative technology that embeds antimicrobial properties into raw textile materials, before it is spun into yarn and woven into textiles.

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President Obama’s Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

Building on efforts underway in states and communities across the country, the President’s plan cuts carbon pollution that causes climate change and threatens public health. Today, we have limits in place for arsenic, mercury and lead, but we let power plants release as much carbon pollution as they want – pollution that is contributing to higher rates of asthma attacks and more frequent and severe floods and heat waves.  Cutting carbon pollution will help keep our air and water clean.

The President’s plan will also spark innovation across a wide variety of energy technologies, resulting in cleaner forms of American- made energy and cutting our dependence on foreign oil. Combined with the President’s other actions to increase the efficiency of our cars and household appliances, the President’s plan will help American families cut energy waste, lowering their gas and utility bills. In addition, the plan steps up our global efforts to lead on climate change and invests to strengthen our roads, bridges, and shorelines so we can better protect people’s homes, businesses, and way of life from severe weather.

While no single step can reverse the effects of climate change, we have a moral obligation to act on behalf of future generations. Climate change represents one of the major challenges of the 21st century, but as a nation of innovators, we can and will meet this challenge in a way that advances our economy, our environment, and public health all at the same time. That is why the President’s comprehensive plan takes action to:

Cuts Carbon Pollution in America. In 2012, U.S. carbon pollution from the energy sector fell to the lowest level in two decades even as the economy continued to grow. To build on this progress, the Obama Administration is putting in place tough new rules to cut carbon pollution—just like we have for other toxins like mercury and arsenic —so we protect the health of our children and move our economy toward American-made clean energy sources that will create good jobs and lower home energy bills. For example, the plan:

  • · Directs EPA to work closely with states, industry and other stakeholder to establish carbon pollution standards for both new and existing power plants;
  • · Makes up to $8 billion in loan guarantee authority available for a wide array of advanced fossil energy and efficiency projects to support investments in innovative technologies;
  • · Directs DOI to permit enough renewables project—like wind and solar – on public lands by 2020 to power more than 6 million homes; designates the first-ever hydropower project for priority permitting; and sets a new goal to install 100 megawatts of renewables on federally assisted housing by 2020; while maintaining the commitment to deploy renewables on military installations;
  • · Expands the President’s Better Building Challenge, focusing on helping commercial, industrial, and multi-family buildings cut waste and become at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020;
  • · Sets a goal to reduce carbon pollution by at least 3 billion metric tons cumulatively by 2030 – more than half of the annual carbon pollution from the U.S. energy sector – through efficiency standards set over the course of the Administration for appliances and federal buildings;
  • · Commits to partnering with industry and stakeholders to develop fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles to save families money at the pump and further reduce reliance on foreign oil and fuel consumption post-2018; and
  • · Leverages new opportunities to reduce pollution of highly-potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons; directs agencies to develop a comprehensive methane strategy; and commits to protect our forests and critical landscapes.
  • · Prepares the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change. Even as we take new steps to cut carbon pollution, we must also prepare for the impacts of a changing climate that are already being felt across the country. Building on progress over the last four years, the plan:
    • · Directs agencies to support local climate-resilient investment by removing barriers or counterproductive policies and modernizing programs; and establishes a short-term task force of state, local, and tribal officials to advise on key actions the Federal government can take to help strengthen communities on the ground;
    • · Pilots innovative strategies in the Hurricane Sandy-affected region to strengthen communities against future extreme weather and other climate impacts; and building on a new, consistent flood risk reduction standard established for the Sandy-affected region, agencies will update flood-risk reduction standards for all federally funded projects;
    • · Launches an effort to create sustainable and resilient hospitals in the face of climate change through a public-private partnership with the healthcare industry;
    • · Maintains agricultural productivity by delivering tailored, science-based knowledge to farmers, ranchers, and landowners; and helps communities prepare for drought and wildfire by launching a National Drought Resilience Partnership and by expanding and prioritizing forest- and rangeland- restoration efforts to make areas less vulnerable to catastrophic fire; and
    • · Provides climate preparedness tools and information needed by state, local, and private-sector leaders through a centralized “toolkit” and a new Climate Data Initiative

Lead International Efforts to Address Global Climate Change. Just as no country is immune from the impacts of climate change, no country can meet this challenge alone. That is why it is imperative for the United States to couple action at home with leadership internationally. America must help forge a truly global solution to this global challenge by galvanizing international action to significantly reduce emissions, prepare for climate impacts, and drive progress through the international negotiations. For example, the plan:

  • · Commits to expand major new and existing international initiatives, including bilateral initiatives with China, India, and other major emitting countries;
  • · Leads global sector public financing towards cleaner energy by calling for the end of U.S. government support for public financing of new coal-fired powers plants overseas, except for the most efficient coal technology available in the world’s poorest countries, or facilities deploying carbon capture and sequestration technologies; and
  • · Strengthens global resilience to climate change by expanding government and local community planning and response capacities.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf

 

 

Federal Contracts When Selling a Business

This post is provided by Smith Anderson.

Federal Contracts When Selling a Business

When selling a business, the owner must balance deal certainty, tax consequences, speed, regulatory clearances, third party consents and liability allocation. Owners selling a business that holds prime federal contracts have additional considerations that may limit the structure of the transaction and the categories of available buyers. This Client Alert provides a high-level overview of one issue unique to federal contractors — the Anti-Assignment Act.

Overview:

One diligence consideration in the sale of any business is whether vendor and customer contracts can be transferred to the buyer. For non-Government contracts, applicable laws generally favor the free assignability of contracts. For commercial contracts, silence generally equals the consent to the transfer.

By contrast, the Anti-Assignment Act, 41 USC § 15 (the “Act”), expressly prohibits the transfer of a federal contract. Despite the Act’s absolute prohibition on transfers, courts have made clear that the Government may consent to a transfer, and that certain transfers are allowed even without Government consent. If the Act applies, and the Government withholds consent, or if the contractor does not follow the applicable Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”), then the Government may terminate the contract or hold the seller in breach.

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GSA Interact: JanSan Draft RFQ Is Ready!

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

GSA Interact: JanSan Draft RFQ Is Ready!

FSSI stands for Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative, and was designed by the GSA to streamline the government’s purchasing process across multiple government agencies, in order to increase efficiency and save costs.

Currently, there are strategic sourcing solutions in place for wireless telecommunications, office supplies, express and ground domestic delivery services, print management, and computer software, with more to come.

OMB and GSA expect to implement an additional 10 FSSIs in FY2013. GSA has released its FSSI for Janitorial and Sanitation Products & Maintenance, Repair and Operations Products (JanSan & MRO). From an existing list of 6,461 JanSan & MRO contractors only 15 will be winners.

The General Services Administration (GSA), continuing the initiative begun by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in 2005 through its Chief Acquisition Officer Council (CAOC) to provide for strategic sourcing on a government-wide basis, seeks to establish five pools of Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) for Janitorial and Sanitation (JAN/SAN) supply products and commodities, against GSA’s Federal Supply Schedule 73, Food Service,

Hospitality, Cleaning Equipment and Supplies, Chemicals and Services; Federal Supply Schedule 51V Hardware Superstore; and Federal Supply Schedule 75, Office Products/Supplies and Services and New Products/Technology.

Two separate RFQs are being issued for the FSSI for JANSAN. The first RFQ will be for the Purchasing Based JANSAN Pools; the second RFQ will cover the Requisition via Global Supply.

While the FSSI is expected to result in savings to the federal government I anticipate this initiative will result in a drastic reduction in jansan vendors on the GSA schedule, with resulting economic losses. More importantly, the economic impact is expected to go far beyond GSA vendors. OMB intends to make the FSSI mandatory for the seven government agencies that collectively spend 90 percent of the annual US$539 billion in overall federal government spending.

All vendors selling Janitorial and Sanitation (JanSan) or Maintenance and Repair (MRO) products, supplies and SERVICES to the federal government GSA Schedule 51V – Hardware ; Schedule 56 – Buildings and Building Material/Industrial Services and Supplies; Schedule 73 – Food Service, Hospitality, Cleaning Equipment and Supplies, Chemicals and Services; Schedule 75 – Office Products/Supplies and Services and New Product/Technology; Schedule 81 IB – Shipping, Packaging and Packing Supplies are eligible to submit to the RFQ.

GSA’s FSSI JanSan and MRO initiatives will impact more than 20 federal agencies, both military and civilian, as active participants in this FSSI program. The FSSI program is intended to leverage the purchasing power of the federal government by awarding Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA)s to a select few vendors who will provide the federal government with the lowest price.

The solution will be available for use by the entire Federal Government. The total spend opportunity addressable through this solicitation is estimated to be more than $599 million annually. Several agencies are making various types of commitments to utilize the resultant BPAs.

 

The BPA has been divided into several sets of agreements and will be solicited under separate RFQs but will be covered under the FSSI JANSAN umbrella. There are five (5) basic pools, dividing the commodity up into core areas of concentration. In each of these five (5) pools, there will be three (3) BPAs established. Each of the five (5)

pools has a specified number of restricted BPAs for small business concerns.

The following Special Item Numbers are applicable to the procurement:

SIN 375-100, Vacuum Cleaner, Canister Type;

SIN 375-103, Vacuum Cleaner, Upright Type;

SIN 375-107, Vacuum Cleaner, Portable Hand Type;

SIN 375-117, Carpet Cleaner, including Shampooer, Extractor, Liquid or Powder;

SIN 375-125, Sweeper and Scrubber;

SIN 375-129, Floor Machine;

SIN 375-135, Accessories and Attachments;

SIN 375-139, Parts, Repair and Replacement, Miscellaneous for Cleaning Equipment;

SIN 200, Mops, Buckets, Wringers, Squeegees, Brooms, Brushes, Sponges, Scouring Pads,

Wiping Rags, Cleaning Cloths, Chamois, Polishing Pads, Cleaning Products, and Related Items;

SIN 375-321, Powdered and Liquid Machine Warewashing (Dishwashing) Compounds and

Rinse Additives;

SIN 323, Laundry Cleaner, Powdered and Liquid, and Dry Cleaning Chemicals;

SIN 375-341, Floor and Carpet Chemical Products;

SIN 375-351, Sorbents – Non-Marine Usage, Type I;

SIN 375-352, Sorbents – Non-Marine Usage, Type II;

SIN 373-353, Sorbents – Marine Usage, Type III;

SIN 375-355, Sorbent Accessories;

SIN 375-356, Sweeping Compounds, Biodegradable Cleaner/Degreaser (Water Based) Non-

Phenolic and Non-Petroleum;

SIN 375-362, Biodegradable Cleaner/Degreaser (Solvent Based) Non-Phenolic and Non-

Petroleum;

SIN 375-363, Cleaners/Degreasers;

SIN 375-364, Cleaner/Degreasers and Polishes;

SIN 375-368, Gloves, Cleaning, Rubber;

SIN 375-371, Cleaning Chemical Dispensing Equipment and Systems;

SIN 375-372, Cleaning Chemicals used with Dispensing Systems;

SIN 375-99, Introductions of New Products/Services Relating to Cleaning Equipment, Janitorial

Supplies, Cleaning Chemicals and Sorbents;

SIN 384-2, Office Recycling Containers and Waste Receptacles;

SIN 384-4, Outdoor Recycling Containers and Waste Receptacles;

SIN 384-9, Industrial Trash Storage Containers;

SIN 384-99, Introductions of New Services and Products Relating to Recycling Containers and

Waste Receptacles;

SIN 476-12, Sterilants, Surgical Scrubs, and Related Products;

SIN 476-13, Disinfectants;

SIN 507-2, Permanent/Disposable Dispenser Housing and Refills for the Control of General

Institutional Airborne Odors, Smoke and Sanitizing Surfaces:

SIN 507-4, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Liquid, Powder, and/or Gel and Product;

SIN507-8, Sanitizers for Food Handling Areas;

SIN 507-99, Introductions of New Products/Services Related to Chemicals and Chemical

Products:

SIN 658-1, Water Purification Chemicals;

SIN 681-1, Road Stabilization/Ice Melting Chemicals or Chemical Formulations;

SIN 852-1, Toiletries;

SIN 852-2, Personal Care Articles;

SIN 852-99, Introduction of New Products/Services relating to Toiletries, Personal Care

Articles, and Hospitality Supplies and Services;

SIN105-001, Hardware Store, Home Improvement Center, or JANSAN – Store Front;

SIN 105-002, Hardware Store, Home Improvement Center, or JANSAN – Catalog;

SIN 75-85, Restroom Products;

Federal cuts point to opportunities

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

Federal cuts point to opportunities

To call the effects of sequestration on federal agencies “uneven” is an understatement. But creative contractors can also spot opportunities in the confusion and uncertainty. Classic marketing advice is to look for your customer’s pain points. Here’s four kinds of pain that you might be able to turn into profit: Service levels, savings, meetings, and small business outreach.

Service Levels: Agencies that serve the public feel pain when furloughs force lower levels of customer service. What innovative ideas do you have that could fill those gaps? If the agency is extremely unlikely to hire temporary staff, then are there options for additional web-delivered service or call center support?

Savings: Can you do the job in a proven, innovative way at a lower cost than the incumbent? Federal buyers and primes want three things: To save time, save money, and lower risk. If your approach can save money while maintaining quality and meeting the deadlines, you’ve got a triple-threat advantage over your competition…and the makings of a unique value proposition that should at least get you a first meeting.

Agency internal meetings: We’ve already seen the toll that sequestration and other agency directives are taking on federal employee travel. When I hear a Fed refer to his agency’s “Travel Prevention Department,” I know he’s not really joking. I think that while those requirements may bounce back some, they’re never going to recover completely.

That doesn’t change the fact that people still need to talk to each other, coordinate and collaborate. Furthermore, agency policies or firewalls limit use of video or social media platforms that are readily accessible to the private sector. The contractors who offer creative alternatives to traditional meeting planning and event organization will thrive.

Next, consider the challenges of small business outreach. If you attended the 23rd Annual Federal Procurement Conference, did you notice which agencies weren’t on the show floor? No Navy. No Air Force. No Department of Commerce. And no General Services Administration, either — at least, not among the exhibitors. But those agencies — and all the others — count on effective outreach to meet their small business contracting goals.

What alternatives can your company offer to make up for fewer in-person meeting with vendors at conferences and events? And who might be your target customers? First, of course, the agencies’ small business specialists who are the front line contacts with vendors. But consider how you could help the small business specialists serve THEIR clients. Got some ideas for ways to make it easier for contracting officers and program managers to connect with qualified vendors in your industry niche that the small business specialists have already vetted?

Goodness, that might make it easier for your competitors! Try it anyway, and watch what happens: what comes around goes around. People remember who makes a difference.

Diana Potts

CEO- G & E Advisors

Managing Partner- G & E Partners

Career Opportunity Day

Career Opportunity Day

DATE: Thursday, 20 June 2013

LOCATION: Embassy Suites – Fayetteville/Fort Bragg
4760 Lake Valley Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28303

WHO: FREE event, with no more than 15 employers with active employment opportunities and up to 60 wounded, ill or injured service members transitioning to a civilian career, as well as their spouses, caregivers and recently medically separated veterans. To attend, service members must have previously completed either a USO/Hire Heroes USA Transition Workshop or another employment preparation program, and have resumes.

WHAT: Career Opportunity Days are high-touch, non-traditional career fair-type events. Employers receive resumes in advance for those that have pre-registered, and connected for one-on-one introductory interviews to take place during the Career Opportunity Day. HHUSA matches attendees with employers based on their military specialty, previous experience, and geographic interest for relocation. Service members and spouses have the opportunity to schedule interviews with employers on-site, as they visit each employer’s information table and learn more about the company.

Employers are encouraged to conduct the interview and then provide honest, friendly feedback on what the service member did well during the interview and what they could improve upon in future interviews as they look to transition from their military career to the civilian sector.

WHY: This format provides the employer and the service member an opportunity to interact one-on-one, allowing time for hiring managers to provide constructive feedback and discuss potential opportunities.

WHAT TO BRING: Each employer is required have at least two employees attend, one to staff the information table and the second to conduct introductory interviews. Please bring a table-top company display along with any literature you would like to make available.

REGISTER ONLINE: http://fortbraggjun20cod.eventbrite.com

POSITION DESCRIPTIONS: Please send position descriptions of your available opportunities and any questions you might have to Jessica Robertson at jrobertson@uso.org or 703.740.4922. Upon registration, employers will receive information for a pre-event conference call to help answer questions.

Career Opportunity Day Schedule:
8:30 – 9:00am Employer Set Up and Participant Registration
9:00am Employer Tables Open for Networking
9:15 – 9:30am Welcome & Introductions
10:00am Introductory Interviews Begin
12:00 – 12:30pm Networking Lunch and Google Tablet Raffle
12:30pm Introductory Interviews Continue
2:00pm Closing Remarks

 

Leverage Federal buying cutoffs to lock in the sale.

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

Leverage Federal buying cutoffs to lock in the sale.

When is federal fiscal year-end? It might be sooner than you think!

Sure, every federal contractor knows that federal fiscal year-end (FYE) is September 30th. But do you know your federal prospect’s buying cutoff?

Many federal buyers also have to meet much earlier internal close-off deadlines for decision-making. You risk wasting a year’s marketing efforts if you don’t ask your prospects what those cutoff dates are. That can vary not only by individual federal agency, but by buying command or installation, too.

For example, a memo sent out by the Army’s Fort Sam Houston in March of 2013. The purchase request deadlines for contracts to be awarded by September 30th are determined by three factors: what they’re buying, the contract vehicle they use, and how much they’re spending.

Their FYE purchase request deadline for products and services worth over $150,000, or for construction contracts worth more than $2,000, is already long past! A GSA Schedule contract doesn’t help this buyer, either. His deadline for proposed purchases on via any non-DOD contract vehicle was last month.

The memo tells those buyers they might have until as late as July 14th to submit a request for purchases worth up to $150,000…if the vendor has access to a DOD or Army contract vehicle.

Have you already missed the big deadlines? Don’t despair; think small (otherwise known as micro-purchase)! Authorized federal buyers can use the government purchase card anytime for low value purchases: for supplies under $3,000, services under $2,500, or construction jobs below $2,000. Micro-purchases can be sole-sourced, but take time to read the rules at FAR Part 13.2. Don’t even think about suggesting to any federal buyer the idea of splitting a larger requirement into several lower-value orders! That’s not just bad form. It’s out-and-out illegal. You can see the details in FAR 13.003(c)(1).

In short, fiscal year end is closer than you think. While there’s officially four months to go, your prospects very likely have functional deadlines considerably before then.

How can you find out what those are? There’s no central list. Ask your prospects.

Even buyers who like you get busy and distracted. They may assume you know their deadlines. A buyer who’s not that keen to do business with you can conveniently fail to mention the purchase request cutoff information as an easy way to get rid of you. Better luck next year.

What are your federal prospect’s real buying deadlines?

Diana Potts

CEO- G & E Advisors

Managing Partner- G & E Partners

Governor McCrory Gives Solar the Whole Month

Governor Pat McCrory issued a proclamation establishing June 2013 as Solar Energy Month. The proclamation was made public at a special event including the Governor held at Strata Solar’s Fuquay Solar Farm in Willow Springs, NC on June 4th.   Read more.

For more information on the NC Sustainable Energy Association, please visit: http://energync.org/

 

Save the Date: 2013 NC Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental (FEDCON) Summit – Oct 16/17, 2013

SAVE THE DATE!

United States Senator Richard Burr and the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) are pleased to host the 2013 North Carolina Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental (FEDCON) Summit in Wilmington, North Carolina at the Wilmington Convention Center on October 16-17, 2013.

Website: http://www.ncmbc.us/2013NCFEDCON.php

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WHEN. October 16-17, 2013

WHERE. Wilmington Convention Center, 515 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

PURPOSE.

The “FEDCON Summit” brings together over 800 representatives of the Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, United States Coast Guard, Department of Veterans Affairs, GSA Public Buildings Service, other federal agencies and installations, general and specialty contractors, designers and construction suppliers in North Carolina.

WHY ATTEND THE FEDCON SUMMIT?

  • The FEDCON Summit is the premier, best-established and most-recognized federal construction event in North Carolina – businesses who are already engaged or want to perform in the federal market need to be there!
  • Installation and agency “Program and Issues Dialogue” sessions will address future projects, acquisition strategies and issues related to procurement and execution of projects at military bases and facilities in NC and SC
  • Other Summit sessions will address critical and timely topics, including small business programs and utilization, budget impacts, contracting processes and pre-award, post-award and legal issues in federal construction and engineering contracting
  • Summit “speed networking” sessions allow businesses to meet one-on-one and market themselves to representatives of every federal agency that procures construction- and engineering-related services in NC and SC, including DoD, US Coast Guard, VA, GSA Public Buildings Service, etc.
  • Summit networking and trade show activities allow businesses to market their services and products to over 700 general contractors, specialty contractors, engineers, architects and suppliers
  • In addition to the Summit on October 17, networking opportunities with all FEDCON attendees include a pre-Summit social on October 16, sponsored by BB&T Construction Risk Services, riverside adjacent to the Wilmington Convention Center – a huge hit in 2011 & 2012!

SUMMIT PROGRAM.  The Summit program will focus on: new federal construction opportunities; sustainment, restoration and modernization (SRM) opportunities; energy-related construction opportunities; environmental infrastructure projects; and federal contracting processes in North Carolina.  The program will include presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions, a vendor expo and speed networking with:

  •      Naval Facilities Engineering Command
  •      US Army Corps of Engineers
  •      Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard Installations
  •      Department of Veterans Affairs and Other Federal Agencies
  •      Major Construction Prime Contractors
  •      North Carolina Companies

REGISTRATION.  Registration for the FEDCON Summit will open at the beginning of July for exhibitors and attendees.  Exhibitor spaces are available on a first-come, first served basis and sell quickly.  Please review the event website frequently for registration updates: http://www.ncmbc.us/2013NCFEDCON.php

SPONSORSHIP.

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available for the FEDCON Summit. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Courtney Smedick at smedickc@ncmbc.us.

CONTACTS.

Emerging Issues’ Manufacturing Community Forum

The NCSU-Institute for Emerging Issues’ Manufacturing Community Forum will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 7:30-10:00 a.m. at Fayetteville Technical Community College in the Tony Rand Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room.

NCSU-IEI is partnering with the NC Association of County Commissioners, NC Cooperative Extension and the NC Community College System to hold forums in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

The event is designed to bring together manufacturers, educators, city and county officials and other community leaders to focus on better aligning the needs of manufacturing businesses with our educational systems. The event is free to attend, but you must be pre-registered.

You can register by going to this link –  http://www.cvent.com/d/ycq6kc/1Q

The Support Center: Veterans Direct Loan Program

The Support Center is a statewide nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution that provides small business loans and financial training to start-ups and existing businesses; and lending services to community-based organizations.  The mission of The Support Center is to partner with community development organizations to create equitable financial services and resources that foster economic development in underserved communities.

Small Business Revolving Loan Program

One of The Support Center’s programs includes the Small Business Revolving Loan Program.  Since 2010, The Support Center has funded 52 small businesses, totaling $4 million, which have supported over 600 jobs.  This program is unique because it: serves both existing and start-up businesses; provides flexibility to fund smaller ($5,000) or larger (up to $250,000) loans, provides gap financing, underwriting and services loans in-house, requires a 10% equity injection (most lenders require 20-30%); the only CDFI in the nation that is an approved Department of Transportation (DOT) lender, providing loans for transportation-related contracts funded by DOT; the only CDFI in the southeast that is an approved Farm Service Agency lender, providing loans for small farmers to innovate, diversify, and grow their operations; offer a loan product designed specifically for Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned businesses.

The Veteran Direct Lending Program

The Support Center offers loans directly to Service-Disabled-Veterans and Veterans across the state. We focus on start-ups and small expanding businesses that cannot readily access capital through traditional banking institution

  • Be based in the State of North Carolina and 51% or more owned/controlled by:
    • Veteran (other than dishonorably discharged);
    • Active Duty Military;
    • Reservist;
    • National Guard; or,
    • Current spouse of above or spouse of service member or veteran who died of a service-oriented disability

General information about the loan terms for the Veterans Direct Loan Program:

  • “No Equity” Requirement
  • The minimum loan amount is $5,000 and the maximum is $200,000
  • Loan terms range from 12 months to a maximum of 60 months (longer term amortizations may be offered on real estate transactions)
  • Interest Rates may range between 6% – 9%; rates may vary depending on the financial condition of the borrower and the prime lending rate

To contact The Support Center, visit: www.TheSupportCenter-nc.org or email the below individuals:

Roberta McCullough: rmccullough@TheSupportCenter-nc.org

Ed Timberlake: etimberlake@TheSupportCenter-nc.org

Don Harrington: dharrington@TheSupportCenter-nc.org

Security in an Unsecured World – What should you do?

Security in an Unsecured World – What should you do?

In an era of state-sponsored cyber crimes it is still the simple attacks that compromise the most data.

IBM X-Force Research and Development is one of the most renowned commercial security research and development teams in the world. This group of security experts research and evaluate security issues, develop assessment and countermeasure technology for IBM products, and educate the public about emerging Internet threats.

OnWire and Avnet Services are recognized as industry leading solutions providers in the security realm and they will be hosting an upcoming webinar to discuss these threats and routes to a more secure enterprise.  The webinar will include an overview of the “IBM X-Force Trend and Risk Report”, as well as the finite steps to address the threat and help secure your environment.

Join this informative webinar to find out how to stay ahead of emerging threats, such as software vulnerabilities and public exploitation, malware, spam, phishing, web-based threats, and general cyber criminal activity.

When: June 20, 2013, at 1:00 PM

How: If interested, please use the following link to sign-up today.  https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=ec3e8zk1qmy1

RFP: Advanced Training

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), on behalf of Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC), will accept sealed bid proposals between May 30, 2013 and 5:00 PM on June 14, 2013 at Fayetteville Technical Community College, 2201 Hull Road, Attn: NCMBC (Brian Haney), Fayetteville, NC 28303.  Offers received after the stated time and date period will be rejected.  Questions regarding this proposal shall be submitted in writing to Brian Haney, Business Development Specialist (Training), NCMBC, via email haneyb@faytechcc.edu.

During and following the receipt of responses, proposals will be thoroughly evaluated and firms may be invited to participate in interviews or presentations. After evaluation of all proposals, the NCMBC may select one or more contractors to provide this advanced training.  Therefore, offerors may submit a proposal to provide workshops to address one, two or all three of the topics outlined in the RFP. An offeror’s proposal to address only one or two of the topics outlined in the RFP will not prejudice their selection as a contractor.

The NCMBC has identified a need to offer advanced training activities to established defense contractors in the state, to help them win defense and other federal contracts at a higher rate.  The NCMBC will meet this identified need for advanced training by contracting with one or more contractors, as outlined in this RFP.

For more information on this RFP, please click here.

Moore County Focus Group Participants Needed

Moore County Partners in Progress, the economic development organization serving all of Moore County, has spearheaded an initiative to attract and encourage people within a variety of demographic profiles, including young professionals, families, military, and retirees, to relocate to Moore County to live, work, and play.  Dr. Carol Kline of East Carolina University will be conducting focus groups to solicit participant feedback about the area’s amenities, business climate and overall perceptions about the County. Anyone interested in participating in a focus group can go to this link to indicate their availability: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MooreCountyFocusGroup

Congratulations to Derek Chen, NC Department of Commerce

The North Carolina Military Business Center would like to congratulate Derek Chen from the NC Department of Commerce who has been awarded the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship for 2013. Chen is one of 44 emerging American leaders who received the award, presented by the German Marshall Fund of the U.S.

Founded in 1982, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship was developed to exchange ideas, solutions and best practices and facilitate a continuous evolution of networks and partnerships in a rapidly changing and intricate global environment.

The five-city, 24-day European fellowship program provides a unique opportunity for emerging leaders to focus on business, innovation, politics and social and cultural issues through experiential learning. The fellows will meet formally and informally with a wide range of political, financial and corporate decision-makers, and each fellow is given the opportunity to explore their professional interests with individual appointments in each city.

Chen, who serves as director of foreign operations for the International Trade Division at Commerce, is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina School of Law.

“I am honored to have been selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow,” Chen said. “I’m thrilled to learn more about these countries’ strategies on trade and investment promotion, particularly in those industries in which I work. It’s clear to me that there is a great deal of accrued knowledge that we can use to expand opportunities for our state’s businesses in today’s global economy.”

Business Spotlight: TAB Bank

TAB Bank is an industrial bank with headquarters Ogden, Utah, and which does business nationwide, serving growing middle market companies.  We can often step up and provide working capital when traditional bank lenders say no.

We provide asset based loans, primarily lending on accounts receivable, and additionally lending on inventory and equipment, in conjunction with the accounts.  We can lend to early stage companies, turnarounds, acquisitions, and bank exits.  Our target market is for companies doing between $2 million and $75 million in revenue.  We can fund as little as $100,000, or as much as $10 million.

We finance government contractors, manufacturers, trucking companies, staffing companies, distributors, importers, and others which have commercial, government, or institutional accounts.

We welcome the opportunity to speak with growing government contractors to assist in their financing plans.  If we are unable to accommodate a financing request, we can often provide referrals through our large universe of financial contacts throughout the country.

As your local representative, if I can be of assistance, please email me at

Barry D. Yelton

Vice President / New Business Development

TAB bank

580 Beason Road

Mooresboro, NC 28114

Office 828-657-0030

Mobile 704-472-7710

FAX 801-624-4204

barry.yelton@tabbank.com

5th Annual Run for the Troops 5K

5th Annual Run for the Troops 5K

Saturday, June 1, 2013
Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC

$25 advanced registration

Register today!
Active.com
Runnersworld.com

Proceeds benefit USO of NC Fort Bragg

Business Spotlight: Ramey Kemp Associates

 

rka

Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc. (RKA) is a transportation engineering and design firm that combines a wealth of experience and multi-disciplinary capabilities to provide quality engineering services throughout the Southeast.  Our company was incorporated in North Carolina in 1992 and has grown from one employee to a current staff of 20 employee owners.  Our growth and success as a firm is due to our dedication and ability to focus on the client’s needs and deliver quality services in an efficient manner.  Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc. has a corporate office in Raleigh, North Carolina and regional offices in Charlotte and Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia. In addition, RKA is a certified small business.

Our firm has been providing transportation engineering, planning and design services throughout the Southeast for over 20 years.  Some of our major clients include military facilities / agencies, numerous area and regional municipalities, various State DOT’s, institutional agencies and some of the nation’s leading private corporations.  With extensive experience in transportation planning studies, traffic engineering, traffic data collection, traffic impact studies, traffic signal design, roadway and sidewalk design, transit design, traffic control/pavement marking plans, and environmental studies, the RKA team has the expertise and commitment to successfully complete any related project.

Transportation Engineering

  • Traffic Impact Studies
  • Corridor Studies
  • Traffic Data Collection
  • Access Management Studies
  • Trip Generation
  • Collision Data Studies
  • Signal Warrant Studies
  • Forecasting / Modeling
  • Coordinated Signal System Studies
  • Parking Lot Traffic Circulation
  • Speed Studies
  • Comprehensive Transportation Plans
  • Master Plans

Roadway Design

  • Roadway Design Plans
  • Intersection Improvement Design
  • Transit / Bus Stop Design
  • Highway and Interchange Design
  • Traffic Control / Pavement Marking Plans
  • Antiterrorism / Force Protection Gate Projects
  • Roundabout Design
  • Construction Administration

Traffic Signal Design

  • Isolated Traffic Signal Design
  • Coordinated Traffic Signal Design
  • Cable Routing Plans
  • Electrical Detail Plans
  • “Red Light” Camera Plans
  • Signal Timing Implementation
  • ITS
  • Signal Warrant Studies
  • Signing Plans

Planning & Environmental Studies

  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Categorical Exclusions
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Air Quality Analysis / Permitting
  • Traffic Noise Impact Studies

 

Contact

Justine Jenkins
Marketing Manager

5808 Faringdon Place, Suite 100

Raleigh, NC 27609

Ph: 919-872-5115 Fax: 919-878-5416

                               

 

Business Spotlight: Lighting Language & Design, LLC

Business Spotlight: Lighting Language & Design, LLC

Linda M. Anderson

Want some fresh ideas for your building and site lighting needs but still have to tow the energy code line? Lighting Language & Design is a consulting firm with over 25 years of building-related experience. We will balance your space’s personality with lighting task needs, energy codes and other design criteria requirements.  We do not sell lighting products but will specify the best lighting products for each project, selecting from thousands of lighting products crafted by reputable manufacturers.

We are reliable, prompt and attentive to the needs of architects, design build firms, interior designers, engineers, owners and governmental agencies.  Some of our services include lighting design concepting, CAD design, electric lighting and daylighting point-by-point calculations, detailed renderings, LEED templates, complete product specifications and details, cost estimating, existing lighting system analysis, mock-ups, site testing, luminaire aiming, construction administration and other services related to lighting.

Located in North Carolina’s Triangle area, Lighting Language & Design is a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) firm and 100% woman owned.  Linda Anderson, Lighting Language & Design’s principal, is Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) and holds the LEED AP credential. She also serves on the board of the Raleigh section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

For additional information, please visit our website at www.lightinglanguage.com  or contact firm principal Linda Anderson at linda@lightinglanguage.com or call (919)605-3372.

 

If you would like your company to be featured in the business spotlight section, please email your content to Courtney Smedick at smedickc@ncmbc.us.

*The NC Military Business Center, the NC Community College System, and the State of North Carolina do not officially validate, warrant or endorse events, companies or activities listed on this website. These items are posted strictly for the information and convenience of NCMBC customers.

Fayetteville Tech Holds Ribbon Cutting For Fort Bragg Center (BTEC)

Fayetteville Tech Holds Ribbon Cutting For Fort Bragg Center (BTEC)

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – May 17, 2013 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) will hold a ribbon cutting and open house on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, to dedicate the opening of their office at the Bragg Training and Education Center (BTEC).  The dedication is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

Following the ribbon cutting, FTCC staff members will conduct information briefings about FTCC curriculum programs, Credit for Prior Military Learning, MyCAA, and other educational opportunities at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  Soldiers, family members, veterans and other interested parties are invited to attend.

FTCC moved from the Fort Bragg Soldier Development Center to the BTEC, Building 1-3571, F Wing, in April 2013, where it provides on-post admissions, testing, registration, and advising services to soldiers and their family members, daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about FTCC curriculum programs, unit classes and Credit for Prior Military Learning degree programs, contact Cynthia Crisostomo-Rivera at (910) 678-1050 or Phillip Raines at (910) 678-1051 or email at Fortbragg@faytechcc.edu.

Smart Pay Update

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

SmartPay Update

David Shea, Director of the Office of Charge Card Management, FSA, GSA discusses the state of the government charge card, SmartPay(tm).
If you have an interest in the government charge card program, listen to this show. Here is the link:    http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=45
During the hour long show Mr Shea shared the following:
– during 2012 the card was used for $29.3 billion (this includes purchases, travel and fleet). Of that, $18.1 billion was on the purchase card.
– 2013 year-to-date (first two quarters reporting): $18.1 billion
– Top agencies using the SmartPay cards:
– VA
– DOD
– DOJ
– HHS
– DHS

– top merchant categories (a merchant category is how the credit card companies categorizes vendors):
– Miscellaneous retail
– Dental, pharmaceutical
– Industrial supply
– Office supplies;
– Education/colleges;
– Business services not elsewhere categorized;
– Health practice;
– Government services;
– Computer/IT.

– Level 3 processing on cards is required for all Strategic Sourcing Initiatives on the GSA Schedules;
– 20% of the purchase card activity in 2012 was over $10,000 per purchase, well above the “micro-purchase” level;
– There are approximately 280,000 purchase cards in use;
– Due to travel restrictions, there is a migration of charge card training programs to virtual training events.
Advice for vendors from Mr Shea includes:
– shop around for your acquirer (card processor) to get the best rates;
– make certain you get the proper merchant (MCC) category when setting up your account;
And much more.
You can find more information on the SmartPay program at
http://smartpay.gsa.gov

 

Diana Potts

CEO- G & E Advisors

Managing Partner- G & E Partners

Export Controls/Licensing for the Aerospace Exporter

In advance of the June 2013 Paris Air Show, the U.S. Commercial Service Global Aerospace Team, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Kallman
Worldwide Inc, will present a webinar on  export controls.

Export control reform will mean changes for many US firms, as well as more export sale opportunities for the US aerospace industry.  This webinar will provide an overview of when to engage with the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and what the forthcoming export control reform changes will mean for your company.

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Time: 2:00PM Eastern

Venue: At your desk!

Register Now:

https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/e

ditWebReg.do?SmartCode=3Q7R
For more information contact: Andrew Anderson;
316‐263‐4067

Are you safe?

Are you safe?

IBM X-Force Research and Development is one of the most renowned commercial security research and development teams in the world. This group of security experts researches and evaluates vulnerabilities and security issues, develops assessment and countermeasure technology for IBM products and educates the public about emerging Internet threats.  On-Wire and Avnet Services are recognized as industry leading solutions providers in the security realm.

On-Wire and Avnet will be hosting an upcoming webinar to discuss these threats and routes to more secure enterprise.    We will discuss the “IBM X-Force Trend and Risk Report”, which helps customers and the public at large understand the nature of the threat.   We will discuss finite steps to address the threat and help secure your environment.

If you would like to sign-up to receive additional information or attend one of our upcoming webinars, please send an email request to mandy@onwireco.com.

*This blog post was provided by OnWire Consulting Group. 

5th Annual Run for the Troops 5K

5th Annual Run for the Troops 5K

Saturday, June 1, 2013
Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC

$25 advanced registration

Register today!
Active.com
Runnersworld.com

Proceeds benefit USO of NC Fort Bragg

2013 Consolidated Federal Construction Teaming Forum

The North Carolina Military Business Center and Wake Tech Community College Small Business Center are pleased to host the 2013 Consolidated Federal Construction Teaming Forum on May 22, 2013 at the Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh, NC.

FEDCON SUMMIT TICKETS WILL BE RAFFLED OFF! 

You could win a FREE FEDCON Summit Ticket.  You must be present to win.  This year’s FEDCON Summit will be held in Wilmington, NC on October 16-17.

When.  May 22, 2013 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Where.  Wake Tech Community College – Main Campus, Student Services Building – Conference and Events Center, 9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, NC

Purpose. The 2nd Annual Consolidated Federal Construction Teaming Forum will be held on May 22nd, 2013 at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh. This FREE Event will provide North Carolina general and specialty trade contractors, suppliers and designers an opportunity to connect with the current federal large and small business prime contractors to include single project general contractors, Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC/MATOC), Single Award Task Order Contract (SATOC), Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Architectural-Engineering, Facility Maintenance and Military Housing Management contractors doing millions of dollars of federal construction and facility maintenance work  on  the 5 military installations in NC. Many of these federal contracts will include project awards in neighboring SC, GA, VA and FL. Businesses from around the state should leverage this unique opportunity to meet with multiple prime contractors to build teaming relationships with North Carolina subcontractors for current and future projects at the five military installations within the state at this half day event.   Throughout the Forum, both out-of-state and North Carolina Federal Contract holders will be available at designated networking tables to discuss subcontractor performance needs and teaming opportunities with companies in attendance.  Small business companies are encouraged to attend.

Last year the event saw representation of over 400 North Carolina contractor attendees and 30 major prime construction and multiple-award construction contract holders participating.

Testimonies from 2012 Consolidated Federal Construction Teaming Forum:

“As a prime contract holder, we appreciated the opportunity to meet hundreds of specialty subcontractors at this event. The relationships we established will help us meet our requirements for subcontractors on current and future contracts.”

- Gary Ferguson of East Carolina Mechanical of Jacksonville, NC.

                                                  NAVFAC Camp Lejeune & Cherry Point Mechanical MACC Contractor

 

“Our relationship with the North Carolina Military Business Center has been an important part of our efforts to locate and utilize small disadvantaged businesses within the local community. These relationships have helped to grow our subcontractor database, as well as assist us with successful outreach events.”

-Brenda Furst of Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 Multiple NAVFAC MACC and ACOE MATOC Holder

Confirmed Large and Small Prime Contractor Participation (as of 5/2/2013):

Company
Types of Subcontractors/Trades
MAC/MATOCS, projects currently on and seeking sub/teaming partners
American States Utility Services, Inc. TBA TBA
Barnhill Construction TBA TBA
BL Harbert International All trades for federal facilities in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Carolinas region. Current and future opportunities in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Carolinas regions.
Bristol Alliance of Companies All subcontractors and trades Camp LeJeune 8(a) MACC
USACE Huntsville 8(a) Range MATOC
Custom Logic, LLC TBA TBA
dck worldwide, LLC All Building Construction trades P1268 GWOT SOI East Facilities / Contract No. N40085-10-D-5329
DOT Construction TBA TBA
East Carolina Mechanical Masons, Flooring, Painters, Fire Sprinkler, Roofers, Blind Installers, Electricians, Insulators, Communications/Controls, Ceilings, TAB, Chemical Feed. Mechanical MACC at MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS Cherry Point.
HICAPS All subcontractors and trades Hampton Roads SDVOSB MACC
SC VA MATOC
Mortenson Construction All subcontractors and trades qualified subcontractors and suppliers, including Small Business (SB), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), HUBZone Small Business (HUBZone), Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) concerns and Historically Black Colleges and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI).
Old North Utility Services, Inc Engineering firms
General contractors
Our prime contract is for water and wastewater services at Fort Bragg, NC.
Polote Corporation TBA TBA
R.C Construction Co., Inc. All certified small, 8(a), WOSB, EDWOSB, VOSB, SDVOSB, HUBzone, and DOT certified DBE subcontractors looking for potential teaming arragnments to pursue government work. Y-2Phase IDIQ/MATOC for Mobile District Military Program solicitation # W91278-12-R-0021
Y-General Construction MATOC solicitation # W912HN-12-Z-0099
Z-Airfield Repairs, NAS JRB solicitation #N6945013RSS98

We are currently in MATOC Contract No. W912HN-10-D-0058, GA & SC MATOC – and are looking for all qualified subs of all sizes and classifications.Richard Brady & Associates, Inc.All subcontractors and tradesSeymour Johnson AFB
Camp Lejeune
Cherry PointSEPI Engineering & ConstructionTBATBASfL+a ArchitectsAll subcontractors and trades, geotechnical testing, commissioning, TAB Sundt ConstructionTBATBATurner ConstructionAll subcontractors and trades Tyler Construction CompanyAll subcontractors and trades WalbridgeTBATBAWECC, Inc.TBATBAWhiting-TurnerAll subcontractors and tradesMACCs with NAVFAC Mid Atlantic and NAVFAC Washington DCW M Jordan CompanyMEP, Masonry, Concrete, All TradesHampton Roads, VA Navy General Construction MAC
Norfolk, VA Army District MATOC

Contacts.

Sponsorship.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information contact Sue Kranes at kraness@ncmbc.us or Paulanne Page pagep@ncmbc.us.

Additional Information.

DIVISIONS
Division 1 – General Requirements Division 9 – Finishes
Division 2 – Site Construction Division 10 – Specialists
Division 3 – Concrete Division 11 – Equipment
Division 4 – Masonry Division 12 – Furnishes
Division 5 – Metals Division 13 – Special Construction
Division 6 – Woods & Plastics Division 14 – Conveying Systems
Division 7 – Thermal and Moisture Division 15 – Mechanical
Division 8 – Doors and Windows Division 16 – Electrical

For more information or to register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2013CTF.php

 

Fort Irwin Solar Electric Power Purchase

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

On May 9, 2013, the Defense Logistics Agency Energy (DLA Energy), in close coordination with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to procure solar energy from a photovoltaic Renewable Energy Generation System (REGS) located on Fort Irwin in California. The government estimates the size of the system at 15 megawatts, subject to final specification by the selected developer. The Solicitation, SP0600-13-R-0412, is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fbo.gov.

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=934ceb02d5d1193c5f1c80d9dd174749&tab=core&_cview=0

This is an open RFP for Fort Irwin to procure renewable energy through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for up to 25 years. The selected contractor will finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the REGS. Under the PPA, the Army will only purchase the energy that is produced; no generation assets will be acquired. All interested companies are encouraged to prepare a response to the solicitation, which closes on July 1, 2013.

A pre-proposal event is planned for June 6, 2013 in Barstow; CA. Details regarding this event will soon be posted on the EITF’s web site at www.armyeitf.com. The pre-proposal event will provide attendees with a better understanding of the general procurement process for the project, specific contract considerations and include a tour of the potential project site.

 

Diana Potts

CEO- G & E Advisors

Managing Partner- G & E Partners

Hydrogen Storage Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCT) is holding a pre-solicitation meeting on May 14, 2013, for a planned Hydrogen Storage Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (expected for FY14 funding, subject to appropriations). The meeting will be from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and is being held in conjunction with the 2013 Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting (AMR) in Arlington, Virginia. During the pre-solicitation meeting, FCT representatives will present the initial plans and seek questions and comments from the public on the draft FOA topics. Review of the FOA material prior to the meeting is recommended. Feedback received will help finalize the intent and scope of the final FOA. The meeting will start at 6:15 p.m. in Salon V of the Crystal Gateway Marriott hotel. Questions will be taken during the meeting and via email prior to the meeting. Questions can be sent to H2Storage@go.doe.gov and must be received by 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 10, 2013. Following the meeting, questions and answers will be posted.

 

Diana Potts

CEO- G & E Advisors

Managing Partner- G & E Partners

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2013 Consolidated Federal Construction Teaming Forum

The North Carolina Military Business Center and Wake Tech Community College Small Business Center are pleased to host the 2013 Consolidated Federal Construction Teaming Forum on May 22, 2013 at the Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh, NC.

FEDCON SUMMIT TICKETS WILL BE RAFFLED OFF! 

You could win a FREE FEDCON Summit Ticket.  You must be present to win.  This year’s FEDCON Summit will be held in Wilmington, NC on October 16-17.

When.  May 22, 2013 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Where.  Wake Tech Community College – Main Campus, Student Services Building – Conference and Events Center, 9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, NC

Purpose. The 2nd Annual Consolidated Federal Construction Teaming Forum will be held on May 22nd, 2013 at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh. This FREE Event will provide North Carolina general and specialty trade contractors, suppliers and designers an opportunity to connect with the current federal large and small business prime contractors to include single project general contractors, Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC/MATOC), Single Award Task Order Contract (SATOC), Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Architectural-Engineering, Facility Maintenance and Military Housing Management contractors doing millions of dollars of federal construction and facility maintenance work  on  the 5 military installations in NC. Many of these federal contracts will include project awards in neighboring SC, GA, VA and FL. Businesses from around the state should leverage this unique opportunity to meet with multiple prime contractors to build teaming relationships with North Carolina subcontractors for current and future projects at the five military installations within the state at this half day event.   Throughout the Forum, both out-of-state and North Carolina Federal Contract holders will be available at designated networking tables to discuss subcontractor performance needs and teaming opportunities with companies in attendance.  Small business companies are encouraged to attend.

Last year the event saw representation of over 400 North Carolina contractor attendees and 30 major prime construction and multiple-award construction contract holders participating.

Testimonies from 2012 Consolidated Federal Construction Teaming Forum:

“As a prime contract holder, we appreciated the opportunity to meet hundreds of specialty subcontractors at this event. The relationships we established will help us meet our requirements for subcontractors on current and future contracts.”

- Gary Ferguson of East Carolina Mechanical of Jacksonville, NC.

                                                  NAVFAC Camp Lejeune & Cherry Point Mechanical MACC Contractor

 

“Our relationship with the North Carolina Military Business Center has been an important part of our efforts to locate and utilize small disadvantaged businesses within the local community. These relationships have helped to grow our subcontractor database, as well as assist us with successful outreach events.”

-Brenda Furst of Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 Multiple NAVFAC MACC and ACOE MATOC Holder

Confirmed Large and Small Prime Contractor Participation (as of 5/2/2013):

Company
Types of Subcontractors/Trades
MAC/MATOCS, projects currently on and seeking sub/teaming partners
American States Utility Services, Inc. TBA TBA
Barnhill Construction TBA TBA
BL Harbert International All trades for federal facilities in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Carolinas region. Current and future opportunities in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Carolinas regions.
Bristol Alliance of Companies All subcontractors and trades Camp LeJeune 8(a) MACC
USACE Huntsville 8(a) Range MATOC
Custom Logic, LLC TBA TBA
dck worldwide, LLC All Building Construction trades P1268 GWOT SOI East Facilities / Contract No. N40085-10-D-5329
DOT Construction TBA TBA
East Carolina Mechanical Masons, Flooring, Painters, Fire Sprinkler, Roofers, Blind Installers, Electricians, Insulators, Communications/Controls, Ceilings, TAB, Chemical Feed. Mechanical MACC at MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS Cherry Point.
HICAPS All subcontractors and trades Hampton Roads SDVOSB MACC
SC VA MATOC
Mortenson Construction All subcontractors and trades qualified subcontractors and suppliers, including Small Business (SB), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), HUBZone Small Business (HUBZone), Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) concerns and Historically Black Colleges and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI).
Old North Utility Services, Inc Engineering firms
General contractors
Our prime contract is for water and wastewater services at Fort Bragg, NC.
Polote Corporation TBA TBA
R.C Construction Co., Inc. All certified small, 8(a), WOSB, EDWOSB, VOSB, SDVOSB, HUBzone, and DOT certified DBE subcontractors looking for potential teaming arragnments to pursue government work. Y-2Phase IDIQ/MATOC for Mobile District Military Program solicitation # W91278-12-R-0021
Y-General Construction MATOC solicitation # W912HN-12-Z-0099
Z-Airfield Repairs, NAS JRB solicitation #N6945013RSS98

We are currently in MATOC Contract No. W912HN-10-D-0058, GA & SC MATOC – and are looking for all qualified subs of all sizes and classifications.

Richard Brady & Associates, Inc. All subcontractors and trades Seymour Johnson AFB
Camp Lejeune
Cherry Point
SEPI Engineering & Construction TBA TBA
SfL+a Architects All subcontractors and trades, geotechnical testing, commissioning, TAB
Sundt Construction TBA TBA
Turner Construction All subcontractors and trades
Tyler Construction Company All subcontractors and trades
Walbridge TBA TBA
WECC, Inc. TBA TBA
Whiting-Turner All subcontractors and trades MACCs with NAVFAC Mid Atlantic and NAVFAC Washington DC
W M Jordan Company MEP, Masonry, Concrete, All Trades Hampton Roads, VA Navy General Construction MAC
Norfolk, VA Army District MATOC

Contacts.

Sponsorship.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information contact Sue Kranes at kraness@ncmbc.us or Paulanne Page pagep@ncmbc.us.

Additional Information.

DIVISIONS
Division 1 – General Requirements Division 9 – Finishes
Division 2 – Site Construction Division 10 – Specialists
Division 3 – Concrete Division 11 – Equipment
Division 4 – Masonry Division 12 – Furnishes
Division 5 – Metals Division 13 – Special Construction
Division 6 – Woods & Plastics Division 14 – Conveying Systems
Division 7 – Thermal and Moisture Division 15 – Mechanical
Division 8 – Doors and Windows Division 16 – Electrical

For more information or to register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2013CTF.php

 

GSA Chief Plans 10 Strategic Sourcing Efforts by 2015

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

GSA chief plans 10 strategic sourcing efforts by 2015

Obama administration officials are going to the janitor’s closet, the tool chest and the IT office to find the next round of savings.

The General Services Administration intends to launch 10 strategic sourcing initiatives in the next two years by targeting a range of products and services that all agencies use, such as cleaning supplies, tools and wireless devices, wrote Dan Tangherlini, GSA’s acting administrator.

“Everyday shoppers know that buying in bulk saves both time and money,” Tangherlini says, “and the government has a similar responsibility to use its buying power to get the best value for the taxpayer.” The agency’s goals are saving “hundreds of millions of dollars by delivering better value,” increasing business for small companies and boosting efforts to buy environmentally friendly products. Furthermore, officials want to make it easier for agencies to comply with spending rules, Tangherlini wrote. His announcement comes a month after the Office of Management and Budget ordered GSA to launch five strategic sourcing initiatives in fiscal 2013 and 2014.

Tangherlini said the teams that are looking for opportunities to streamline wireless and software spending are well under way. They include acquisition professionals from the Defense Department, Department of Veterans Affairs and other key agencies.

GSA has also formed two teams focused on janitorial and sanitation supplies and on maintenance, repair and operations supplies.

“In the months ahead, GSA will move forward quickly to work across government, streamline agency procurement operations and drive needed savings,” he wrote. “In today’s fiscal environment, GSA recognizes that strategic sourcing is a key way to save money and deliver better value.”

OMB’s deputy director for management, Jeffrey Zients, issued a memo in December 2012 that established the Interagency Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council and a new agency position: the strategic sourcing accountable official. http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2013/m-13-02_0.pdf     Agencies often pay different prices for the same items, so the government wants to improve the sharing of such information to give officials more negotiating power with contractors.

GSA has helped agencies save nearly $300 million through several strategic sourcing contracts, which include office supplies, domestic package delivery, telecommunications expense management services and print management.

“We already know that this approach works,” Tangherlini said.

Government/Agency Participation Announced: NC Federal Advanced Technologies Symposium

United States Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), the North Carolina Military Foundation, University of North Carolina and the Institute for Defense and Business are pleased to host the 2013 North Carolina Federal Advanced Technologies Symposium at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on May 8-9, 2013.

Sponsored by:

Social Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsor:

 

Below you will find the military and government agencies confirmed to participate at this year’s Symposium as of 4/30/2013.
Military Participation

  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DAPRA)
  • Army Research Office
  • XVIII Airborne Corps
  • US Army Special Operations Command
  • US Army JFK Special Warfare Center & School
  • Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security – Fort Bragg Garrison
  • II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF)

Government/Agency/Collegiate Participation

  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Institute for Defense & Business
  • NC A&T State University
  • NC Department of Commerce, Office of Science and Technology
  • NC Aerospace Alliance
  • NC Biotechnology Center
  • NC Department of Commerce, Office of Science and Technology
  • NC Institute of Minority Economic Development
  • NC Military Business Center
  • NC Military Foundation
  • NC State University
  • Office of Governor Pat McCrory
  • Office of Senator Richard Burr
  • Office of Senator Kay Hagan
  • University of North Carolina – Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina System

For more information on the Symposium or to register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2013NCFATS/event.php.

6 Things You Didn’t Know About DOD EMALL

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

6 Things You Didn’t Know About DOD EMALL

DOD EMALL is the one-stop shopping, enterprise-wide eCommerce site for the Department of Defense. The eCommerce site supports over 30 Million SKUs and has 40,000 active users, but that’s just scratching the surface. While DOD EMALL can be used to purchase everything from office supplies to weapon system parts, there are a number of other useful features that you might not be aware of within DOD EMALL.  DOD EMALL is for GSA Schedule holder companies.

1.    DOD EMALL supports contracts from all the military services, the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Commissary Agency (DECA), GSA and as well as the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Any Federal agency with an IDIQ or BPA contract can place it on DOD EMALL. At this time, there is no charge for this service. This is an excellent opportunity for smaller agencies to have their own eCommerce site without the investment.

2.    DOD EMALL makes it easy to support a large group of people with their acquisition needs. If your office has a single purchase cardholder and many personnel with purchasing needs but not purchasing power, DOD EMALL can help you support your staff. Agency personnel can register with DOD EMALL as a Shopper. Shoppers have the ability to complete all their shopping, but not the ability to purchase. Staff members without purchasing power can still build a virtual cart filled with the items that they want, but instead of completing the order, these Shoppers simply send their virtual cart to the office purchase cardholder. The purchase cardholder has the ability to merge multiple shopping carts together to consolidate buys while still retaining the individual details of the orders. This way, when the order comes in, they can easily sort out who ordered what. This is an incredibly convenient way to support an entire office.

3.    Naval Facilities Command installation managers can order facilities maintenance services like trash collection, lawn mowing and minor repairs using the DOD EMALL. This service has reduced average service times from two weeks to 3 days.

4.    Defense Logistics Agency customers can track the status of all their DLA orders using the DLA orders portion of DOD EMALL. What’s truly great about this feature is that all of the orders are there whether the item was ordered using DOD EMALL or not.

5.    The DOD EMALL is not just for military service personnel. State government can order using DOD EMALL under the 1122 program. This program allows state government to purchase items from the Department of Defense to support drug enforcement operations. At this time over 30 states are registered to purchase on DOD EMALL.

6.    Contractors who have a Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) or Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract can ask their contracting officer if they can purchase items directly from the DLA using the DOD EMALL. Due to their tremendous buying power, DLA often has repair parts available at lower prices than the PBL/CLS contractor can find. This is true for both Government-furnished materials and Contractor-furnished materials. PBL/CLS contractors can be given the authority to use the DOD EMALL in support of their contracts.

GSA Expands Hybrid Fleet Up to 10,000 Vehicles

This post is provided by Diana Potts of G and E Advisor, dianapotts@gandeadvisor.com

GSA Expands Hybrid Fleet Up to 10,000 Vehicles

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini announced a new GSA fleet consolidation initiative to give federal agencies the opportunity to replace their aging fleet with hybrid vehicles.  The US General Services Administration says it will expand the number of hybrid vehicles in the federal fleet by up to 10,000 vehicles, resulting in the reduction of about 1 million gallons of fuel per year for the life of these vehicles.

The GSA fleet consolidation initiative moves the federal government closer toward its goal of buying 100 percent light-duty alternative-fuel vehicles by the end of 2015.  As of the end of fiscal year 2012, 79 percent of GSA’s internal fleet vehicles were alternative fuel vehicles. This initiative will help federal agencies transition to green cars at a time when they may not be able to purchase and operate these vehicles on their own.

Purchases of hybrid and electric vehicles by President Obama’s administration fell by a third in 2012. Last year, in which it purchased 1,801 alternative fuel vehicles, was the third year in a row in which green car purchases fell, Bloomberg reported.

The federal government is moving towards a smaller, more efficient fleet.  The agency will continue to improve management of the federal fleet while increasing the fuel efficiency of the vehicles GSA owns and leases to other federal agencies.

Through the new initiative, federal agencies can now consolidate vehicles into the GSA fleet inventory. If agencies choose to participate in the program, GSA will fund the total incremental cost to replace eligible consolidated vehicles with new hybrid sedans.

Consolidating with GSA fleet will also provide GSA’s federal partners with end-to-end fleet management services including vehicle acquisition and disposal, maintenance control and accident management, fuel and loss prevention services and a management system that provides data to efficiently manage fleet operations, at a low monthly rate.

http://gsa.gov/portal/content/170175

Base Closures Could Jeopardize Renewable Energy Contracts

AmbroseStrategy.com The next round of military base closures could lead to the cancellation of power purchase agreements, energy savings performance contracts, and utility energy service contracts with the Department of Defense (DoD).  A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report outlines 60 current renewable energy contracts that could be subject to cancellation as a result base closures.  ….. Read More

Amped Seeking Veterans to Fill Position

Amped (Amplified Electronic Design) of Greensboro, NC has reached out to the NC Military Business Center because they would like to hire a veteran in their current job opening for a technician.  Please help us spread the word to transitioning military, veterans and their spouses.

Technician Job Description

As a technician, you will install, maintain, and troubleshoot life safety low voltage systems including, wander prevention, nurse call, access control, locking systems and CCTV.  Travel up to 2 weeks at a time, is required of this position. Our goal is to make sure technicians are home on the weekends, but there will be times when weekend work will be required.

Job Responsibilities

Other Responsibilities of a technician include

  • Maintaining accurate timesheets, inventory, and clean vehicle
  • Reporting installation job status to supervisor
  • Noticing when a customer seems overwhelmed by or isn’t listening during an explanation and redirecting the interaction accordingly
  • As a technician, you will provide excellent customer service to end users and give them a thorough education on how their products work. This prevents customer frustration, service calls and unnecessary police visits, and maintains good customer relationships

Job Requirements

As a technician, you must possess the customer service and communication skills necessary to train customers on our products and software.

Additional requirements include:

  • High school degree or equivalent mandatory, college/vocational school preferred
  • Experience in the low-voltage, electronics, computer/IT/networking and/or telecommunications industries preferred
  • Applicant will be subject to aptitude test on electronic principles
  • Will have to pass random drug test and background checks.
  • Having a clean driving record
  • Computer literacy and the ability to install software
  • Ability to climb ladders and lift at least 50 lbs while practicing safety policies and procedures
  • This is a small business and in order to grow, willingness to get jobs done in a timely fashion and an interest in learning about  new products and technologies, is necessary

Benefits

At Amped, we know that our people are our most valuable asset, and we want to offer a competitive salary based on experience and certifications as well as a benefits package.  Technicians can earn commission from installation sales through referrals. We are a growing company and there will many opportunities to move into leadership and management roles.

Benefits include:

  • Company-provided vehicle
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Contribute to medical insurance after six months
  • Paid vacation and company holiday time
  • Tuition reimbursement and opportunities to receive Low Voltage Electrical and Alarm Licenses.

Contact: Robin Flake | General Manager | 336-587-4482-c | 336-441-1109-f | www.ampedco.com

Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online?

Operation Homefront-Carolinas

Presents

Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online?

A Seminar by Author Theresa Payton

Register Now For a Free Luncheon and Seminar “Protecting Your Internet Identity” aboard Camp Lejeune April 29th, 2013 from 11:00am-12:30pm.  The event will be held on the Base Stables aka Stone Street Lodge.

Theresa Payton, Former White House CIO and National Security expert will be in Camp Lejeune April 29th, 2013 to offer a free seminar based on her new book, “Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online?”. Payton is one of America’s most respected authorities on Internet security, net crime, fraud mitigation, and technology implementation. As White House Chief Information Officer from 2006 to 2008 — the first woman ever to hold that position — she administered the information technology enterprise for the President and 3,000 staff members. Prior to working in federal government, Payton held executive roles in banking technology at Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

Theresa will cover topics such as the fact that people today have an offline reputation and image, but are increasingly creating one or more online personas. Their online image is having an impact on them in many ways.

•             Employers are hiring and firing based on people’s online activities.

•             Global terrorists are using anything they can find on social media to find weak spots.

•             Criminals are using online identities to abuse or steal from victims.

•             Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are you Naked Online? helps readers understand the implications of their online personas, how they may be putting themselves at risk, and how to take charge of this important new aspect of their lives for career and personal success.

Theresa will also lead a Q&A session to make sure key questions are answered. All registrants will receive a signed copy of Theresa’s book along with lunch.

Please follow the link below to register.  If you are unable to click on the link please copy and paste into your browser or visit the Operation Homefront-Carolinas website and the event will be under highlights.

http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1438096-6feQOHLoH9

If you have any questions email darden.blow@operationhomefront.net or call (704)527-3063.

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), Scheduled to Attend NC Federal Advanced Technologies Symposium

2013 NC Federal Advanced Technologies Symposium

United States Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), the North Carolina Military Foundation, University of North Carolina and the Institute for Defense and Business are pleased to host the 2013 North Carolina Federal Advanced Technologies Symposium at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on May 8-9, 2013.

Sponsored by:

Reception Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsor:

Dr. Dev Palmer, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is scheduled to provide remarks at the NC Federal Advanced Technologies Symposium on May 9, 2013.

Below you will find a biography on Dr. Dev Palmer.

Dr. Dev Palmer joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in November 2012.   His interests include sub-millimeter wave and terahertz electronic sources, sensors, and control components; vacuum electronics; computational modeling of electromagnetics and electronics in the presence of uncertainty; and antennas.

Dr. Palmer came to DARPA from the Army Research Office (ARO) in Research Triangle Park, N.C., where he was a member of the Electronics Division. He joined ARO in 2001 as program manager for electromagnetics, microwaves and power, responsible for a portfolio of basic research projects focused on creating innovations to drive the next generation of DoD systems for radio communications, sensing and electronic warfare. He developed and sustained relationships between academic researchers, industry technologists, and Army scientists and engineers that led to significant technology transitions, including multi-year, multi-million-dollar advanced development programs and fielded applications. His success in guiding fundamental basic research for the benefit of the warfighter led to his selection for the Army Research Laboratory Award for Program Management in 2010, the Army Superior Civilian Service Medal in 2011, and the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in 2013.

Dr. Palmer is an IEEE Fellow and Electron Devices Society Distinguished Lecturer, a registered Professional Engineer, a member of the Association of Old Crows, the Materials Research Society, Sigma Xi and a member-at-large of the United States National Committee for The International Union of Radio Science. He holds Amateur Extra class radio operators license AI4WT and is an inventor on four patents. He is author of over thirty-five articles in refereed journals, conference records and commercial magazines; two books and two book chapters; and more than fifty conference presentations, including more than twenty invited talks.

He received a Bachelor of Arts (1980) in Physics, and a Master of Science (1988) and Doctor of Philosophy (1991) in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, where he studied electromagnetic theory and microwave circuits.

For more information on the Symposium or to register, visit: 

http://www.ncmbc.us/2013NCFATS/event.php.

Accenture is hiring Military!

**This information was provided by Accenture to the NC Military Business Center**

Accenture is hiring Military! And our Military recruiting team is coming to Charlotte on May 21st.

The job we are going to be hiring for is called a Mortgage Analyst and will be with our company Accenture Credit Services. The Basic Qualifications are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting or Math and GPA requirement at > 3.2 or 3 Years Military Duty (Active or Reserve) with minimum 1 year customer service experience (civilian or military)

We are a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with 261,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.
Military professionals are known for their strong work ethic, commitment to excellence, attention to detail and ability to succeed in a challenging environment, exemplifying many of the same core values employees
live at Accenture. The lessons learned as military men and women are very transferable to the work Accenture does. Leadership, discipline, organization and teamwork are some of the areas in which military experience directly applies to their work. Accenture is proud of their vibrant Accenture Military Community comprising
approximately 1,000 employees. Accenture offers career opportunities across our workforces, providing a unique career experience, depending on your skills, career objectives and preferred work experience. Across every area of our business, you’ll find people who are among the best at what they do. Many apply their
experience operating in the government environment within Accenture Federal Services, while others chose to apply their functional skills, such as management, logistics, cyber security or accounting to work with clients across various industries.

We are looking forward to meeting you on May 21st to share the exciting paid training opportunity Accenture is offering in Charlotte. For further inquiries about this opportunity, please connect directly with Accenture’s military recruiters at militarycareers@accenture.com.

Join Accenture and discover how great you can be. Learn more and apply today! Visit
www.accenture.com/military.  Or contact Timothy J. Perry at timothy.j.perry@accenture.com.

Major General (Ret) Julian Burns to Moderate Tactical Energy Forum at NC Federal Advanced Technologies Symposium

United States Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), the North Carolina Military Foundation, University of North Carolina and the Institute for Defense and Business are pleased to host the 2013 North Carolina Federal Advanced Technologies Symposium at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on May 8-9, 2013.

 

 

Sponsored by:

Reception Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsor:

Major General Julian (JB) Burns will moderate the Tactical Energy Forum at the NC Federal Advanced Technologies Symposium on May 9, 2013.   The Tactical Energy Forum will discuss energy and power solutions to improve a tactical unit’s sustainability and mission effectiveness while operating in an austere environment.  Solutions should address minimizing weight and size of power sources, alternate fuel sources that are more readily available in less developed countries, and/or sources that have a greater life span.

Below you will find a biography on MG (Ret) Julian (JB) Burns.

Major General Julian (JB) Burns, is a retired Army Major General, former VP Defense Affairs in BAE Systems (USA) and a Member of SPECTRUM Group.

General Burns retired in January 05 after some 3 decades of Army Service in the USA, Korea, Europe, the Balkans, Israel, Iraq, and in the Arabian Peninsula — last serving as Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff for Army Forces Command responsible for the Homeland Defense of the USA in disaster relief and in response to 9-11; as Chief of Ops and Plans for NATO in the Mediterranean and the Balkans; and, as Commanding General of a Joint Task Force in Operation DESERT FOX in Israel.

Joining BAE he oversaw security markets in Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, NATO and in home markets in the USA, UK, Sweden and South Africa – with a scope ranging from all the guns for the Navy, Coast Guard, Army and Coast Guard; all the tracked vehicles in the Army and Marines except the tank; and the range of medium, light and mine protected (MRAP) tactical wheeled vehicles.

JB holds a Bachelors Degree from West Point as a Cavalry Officer, with Airborne-Ranger qualifications; a Master’s Degree in ORSA/Systems Management from the University of Southern California; and, is a graduate of the Army War College.

For more information on the Symposium or to register, visit:

 

Two Job Opportunities available for Veterans in Raleigh, NC

Below you will find two job opportunities (Project Manager and Structural Engineer) in Raleigh, NC that Stantec (formerly Greenhorne O’Mara) has contacted the NC Military Business Center to help find veterans to fill the positions.

Project Manager (submit resumes to: kimberly.cusick@stantec.com)

Overview:

Our Urban Development group is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life where people live, work, and play, and is comprised of collaborative, creative, and visionary professionals who create high-quality and sustainable environments that are functional, innovative, appropriate, and attractive. Whether it’s for a new phase, a new neighborhood, a revitalization, or a new city, our professionals manage a variety of projects from initial planning to decommissioning. This is the place where great ideas and rewarding careers call home. With services that include urban design and codes; visioning; master planning; heritage design; park and recreation design; recreational and resort design; bicycle, pedestrian, and multiuse trails and pathway design; landscape assessment and rehabilitation; infrastructure design; feasibility studies; earthworks analysis; drainage studies; stormwater management studies; and design for site and infrastructure improvements, we provide efficient solutions that are environmentally responsible, functional, and technically sound. Our structure cultivates career growth and provides opportunities as unique as you are.

Responsibilities:

  • Serving as the technical design lead on civil/site projects requiring geometric site layout, profiles, storm water management, drainage, grading, water and sanitary sewer utilities, and erosion and sedimentation control design
  • Oversight of project budgets, quality control, and adherence to project schedules at the task level
  • Interact with clients and team members independently to maintain appropriate communication
  • Serve as a primary client interface on projects assigned
  • Directing and overseeing complex calculations
  • Collaborate with senior staff in the execution of projects and the development of business opportunities
  • Meet Quality Control/Quality Assurance company and UD group standards

Qualifications:

The candidate must have these basic qualifications/requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or related degree
  • Minimum of five (5) years of site/civil engineering experience with a minimum of two (2) years of project management experience
  • Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration
  • Experience with Raleigh – Durham area site/civil project related permitting procedures and regulations
  • Working knowledge of Autocad and/or MicroStation
  • Excellent verbal, written, and communication skills
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Proven ability to maintain relationships with existing clients and establish trust / credibility
  • Ability to collaborate with others and accomplish goals in a team atmosphere

Preferred skills that will assist the candidate in succeeding in the role are:

  • Experience with public, municipal and private sector clients
  • Proficiency with Cadd design software such as Autocad Civil3D, LDD, or Inroads
  • Experience in developing technical specifications and construction cost estimates
  • Ability to manage multi-disciplined (vertical and horizontal construction) design processes and requirements, which may require the ability to manage vertical design consultants
  • Familiarity with Federal DoD contractual procedures and practices and execution of delivery order contracts, or ability to gain familiarity within three months
  • Ability to travel as necessary to satisfy job requirements
  • Strong organization skills

Personal attributes:

  • Excellent verbal, written, and communication skills
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Proven ability to maintain relationships with existing clients and establish trust / credibility
  • Strong organization skills

Structural Engineering/Building Structures (submit resumes to: kimberly.cusick@stantec.com)

The candidate must have these basic qualifications/requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering with a concentration in structural design
  • Successful completion of college courses in structural analysis, reinforced concrete, and steel design and have an understanding of the AISC, ACI, and ACSE building codes
  • Minimum of two (2) years experience in Building Structural Engineering
  • Completed Engineering Intern (EI) examination and on track to gain PE licensure within a minimum of two (2) years
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience using Revit and/or AutoCad to develop design drawings
  • Ability to learn new tasks and learn design softwarequickly
  • Ability to communicate clearly

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using structural analysis software such as
  • RAM Structural System and/or Staad
  • Experience using Revit (BIM)

Job Responsibilities:

  • Junior to mid-level engineer responsible for performing structural engineering analysis and calculations as they relate to building design
  • Position will require the ability to use structural analysis software such as RAM and translate into Revit to develop structural construction drawings
  • Will be required to interact directly with other in-house engineering and drafting staff
  • Will be required to play close attention to detail while working efficiently
  • Must be able to meet department’s Quality Control/Quality Assurance standards for delivery of projects

Greenhorne & O’Mara, now Stantec, is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Small Business Jump Start Day

The A-B Tech Small Business Center will be having their annual Jump Start event, sponsored by Asheville Savings Bank, at the Haynes Conference Center, at the Enka Site, on Thursday, April 25.

For those of you who may not be aware, Jump Start is a business-to business tradeshow that is geared towards entrepreneurs and small business people who are looking to connect with those who may have a product of service that can assist them in taking their business to the next level.

Jump Start will take place from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Over 45 product and service providers will have booths on-site and make themselves available for questions that attendees may have regarding their business. 

This event, which typically draws around 200 visitors, is FREE to those who would like to attend.

Thanks again to Asheville Savings Bank for sponsoring this great event:

http://ashevillesavingsbank.com/BankingBusiness.aspx?utm_source=AB_Tech&utm_medium=Digital&utm_campaign=Jump_Start

Please visit the following link for more info:

http://www.abtech.edu/content/business-development/small-business-center/Events

 

Congratulations: Combat Medical Systems